Game Changer? Childers becomes first Democrat to sign anti-amnesty pledge.


Mississippi Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Travis Childers today became the first Democrat to sign an anti-amnesty pledge from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a unexpected and extraordinary play that could significantly change the dynamics of his campaign against incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS). Childers, a former Congressman, signed the pledge Thursday that was … Continue reading Game Changer? Childers becomes first Democrat to sign anti-amnesty pledge.

OWEN: Conservatives have an opportunity to lead on immigration reform.


BY: Jansen Owen @JansenOwen There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living inside the United States. They are the people we stand in line with at Wal-Mart. They are the people we sit next to in church on Sunday mornings. We all travel the same streets, shop at the same grocery stores, and listen … Continue reading OWEN: Conservatives have an opportunity to lead on immigration reform.

Rep. Currie’s E-Verify bill awaits vote in the House.


Currie's E-Verify bill, HB 1221, would make the Attorney General's office in charge of enforcing the state's e-verify legislation. E-Verify is an Internet run federal programs employers can use to determine whether employees or prospective employees are eligible to work in the United State. "Everyone is supposed to be E-Verifying right now, but it wasn't … Continue reading Rep. Currie’s E-Verify bill awaits vote in the House.

Plunkett: Entitlement Reforms will raise expectations of self-determination, achievement.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett Update: the initial posting of this article did not list some bills that were introduced in the Mississippi House of Representatives. They have been added. Another shot at Entitlement Reforms by the Mississippi Legislature appears to be lost for the 2013 session, proving once again that talk from some Republicans … Continue reading Plunkett: Entitlement Reforms will raise expectations of self-determination, achievement.

Plunkett: Rep. Currie wastes no time pushing for stronger E-Verify


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett In an interview with me in June 2012, Rep. Becky Currie made it absolutely clear that she supported an E-Verify bill with "teeth". Listen to that interview HERE. She meant what she said. Currie has introduced House Bill 67 to strengthen E-Verify and toughen penalties for non-compliance. COPY OF BILL … Continue reading Plunkett: Rep. Currie wastes no time pushing for stronger E-Verify

Rep. Gipson: Committee still assessing Immigration Reform options.


A key legislative advocate in efforts to strengthen Mississippi’s laws to curb the number of undocumented immigrants in the state says he is not sure how the issue will be dealt with during the upcoming 2013 session. “I don’t have anything definitive in the way of plans for immigration legislation,” House Judiciary B Chair Andy … Continue reading Rep. Gipson: Committee still assessing Immigration Reform options.

Howard Industries settles discrimination lawsuit for $1.3 million


A federal judge has set an opt-out deadline of Nov. 29 deadline for those eligible for part of a proposed, $1.3 million class-action settlement alleging discriminatory hiring practices at Howard Industries, which was the target of the largest U.S. workplace raid on illegal immigrants. The discrimination was filed by four black women who claimed the … Continue reading Howard Industries settles discrimination lawsuit for $1.3 million

Forrest County Judge sentences illegal immigrant to 20 years or deportation for rape.


Juan Jose Martinez, 34, filed a petition to enter a guilty plea in Forrest County Circuit Court Oct. 12 to his indictment on a sexual battery charge. Judge Bob Helfrich entered an order Friday, sentencing Martinez to 20 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections to remain suspended on the condition that … Continue reading Forrest County Judge sentences illegal immigrant to 20 years or deportation for rape.

Illegal immigrant deported in September captured in Mississippi


A Mexican man deported in September after being convicted of smuggling other illegal immigrants has been arrested again in the United States, this time in Mississippi. A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court says Mario Hernandez-Vasques was convicted on a smuggling charge in Alabama in August. The court records say he was deported Sept. … Continue reading Illegal immigrant deported in September captured in Mississippi

Illegal immigrant indicted for death of prison guard in Adams County


A federal grand jury has indicted an inmate who authorities have identified as an alleged instigator of the May 20 prison riot at the Adams County Correctional Center that left a guard dead. The Natchez Democrat reports that Yoany Oriel Serrano-Bejarano has been charged with instigating and conspiring to cause the riot. Court records say … Continue reading Illegal immigrant indicted for death of prison guard in Adams County