Reporting on February 29, 2012 about Alabama-style immigration bill moving through the Mississippi legislature:
Supporters of the Alabama-style proposed immigration legislation argued at a Capitol news conference Wednesday that illegal immigrants are taking jobs from Mississippians, bloating the state’s 10.4 percent unemployment rate.
“There are an estimated 90,000 illegal immigrants in our state, and over 133,000 Mississippi citizens have actively looked for a job in the past two months and are still unemployed,” said Rodney Hunt, president of the Mississippi Federation for Immigration Reform and Enforcement.
“We believe more jobs will open up for Mississippians as a result of House Bill 488.”
The bill has passed House Judiciary B Committee and must be passed by the Education Committee before Tuesday’s deadline to make it to the House floor for a vote.