Mississippi state legislators are preparing a bill to effectively ban “sanctuary campus” policies by forbidding public universities from shielding students’ immigration status from the law.
The bill states that “grants to any person the right to lawful presence or status within the state, a county, or municipality, or the campus of a university, college, community college, or junior college” could be violating state or federal law.
SB 2710 is in direct response to a University of Mississippi student senator, Allen Coon, who attempted to pass a bill a few months ago for the administration to declare the campus a sanctuary for illegal immigrants, before being called off by outraged conservatives.
Campus Reform reports:
Senate Bill 2710 is being proposed to stop any state agency, which would include public colleges and universities, from prohibiting the federal agencies from investigating or enforcing the law. These agencies would not be able to “adopt, or implement a policy, order, or ordinance that limits or prohibits any person from communicating or cooperating with federal agencies or officials to verify or report the immigration status of any person.”
The bill was approved by the Mississippi Senate and passed the state House on Wednesday. Next, the bill will reach the desk of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who has reportedly declared that he intends to sign the bill into law when he issued this statement:
“We are going to pass a law that says you can’t have sanctuary cities in Mississippi so that you can’t hide these individuals from immigration and customs,” Bryant told Fox News reporters.
During the FOX News interview, Bryant was asked what he could do support Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration, to which the governor replied that he sent a letter to the Obama administration in 2008 requesting that no Syrian refugees be sent to Mississippi, after analyzing how much financial burden it would have cost the state.
Bryant said he “struggled through the Obama years” to allow them to enforce illegal immigration laws in the state of Mississippi.
Regarding Trump’s stance on illegal immigration, he said he was “encouraged” that the new administration “will work with governors to protect public safety” when it comes to who is living in their states.
As far as how SB 2710 was written, Republican State Rep. Steve Hopkins told Campus Reform that the legislation is written clearly and explained the bill “would require that all state-funded agencies, municipalities, and colleges and universities abide by State and Federal immigration laws and that they can not make policies that would be contrary to those laws.”
H/T: Campus Reform
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