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Immigration: Legislature should reconsider bill

By: Magnolia Tribune - April 4, 2008

The Clarion-Ledger Editorial, 4/4/8

An old saying goes: “Legislate in haste, repent at leisure.” And Mississippi lawmakers are beginning to have second thoughts about an immigration bill they hastily approved this session and Gov. Haley Barbour imprudently signed into law.

Lawmakers composed of a two-thirds majority of both chambers would be required to consider changing Senate Bill 2988 that mandates employers use the federal pilot program eVerify to make sure they are hiring people who are in the U.S. legally.

But, unless the governor and lawmakers want to be responsible for a law that hurts the state’s economy, is based on an unreliable, untested and unverifiable system and cannot be fairly administered or enforced, then they should vote to reconsider it.

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