Before Arizona SB 1070, the nation’s most punitive anti-immigrant law in the country was the Mississippi Employment Protection Act (MEPA), which went into effect on July 1, 2008. The law requires that all employers begin to use the flawed federal E-Verify program and elevates working without authorization to a felony.
2011 Session: January 4–April 3, 2011
Senate: There is a Democratic majority (D – 27; R – 25). There are no elections in 2010.
Among the people and organizations that appeared at the hearings are American Civil Liberties Union, Department of Public Safety Commissioner Steve Simpson, the Mississippi Human Services Coalition, Mississippi NAACP, Mississippi Federation for Immigration Reform and Enforcement, and the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance.
NCLR’s Mississippi State Assessment: Very likely to be debated
Given Mississippi’s history and legislative makeup, anti-immigrant legislation seems very likely to be debated. However, given that Mississippi already has one of the most punitive anti-immigrant laws in the country, legislators may not view this as a priority.