MIRA and ACLU take Gov. Bryant to task for stance on Syrian refugees. 


Governor Phil Bryant called bringing refugees into the state “extremely dangerous”. But immigration attorney Patricia Ice doesn’t think it’s more than symbolic.

“It does not hold any water legally,” said Patricia Ice, legal projects director for the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance. “He would have to check everyone’s passport at the airport or as they drive-in and I think that that is impossible.”

She also noted this.

“Governor Phil Bryant has said this before about unaccompanied children who came to Mississippi and he was not able to do anything to keep them out,” Ice noted.

The ACLU of Mississippi’s Vice Chairman Jack Williams said by statement: 

“Although Governor Bryant has the difficult responsibility of protecting his citizens’ safety, he should do so while respecting the federal executive branch’s responsibility for foreign affairs. He should do so while respecting the federal government’s responsibility for setting refugee and asylum policy.

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