Immigration laws being studied - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Jackson, MS 10/25/08

Immigration laws being studied

JACKSON, MS (WLBT)-  Two months ago federal agents rounded up nearly 600 Howard Industry employees suspected of being illegal immigrants. A civil rights group says other than put Mississippi's Latino community in fear, the country's largest raid ever solved nothing.

Luis Figueroa, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund  says, "As soon as there is a raid, then new workers come in and the system starts all over again."

 People weighed in on the effects the Mississippi Employment Protection Act, which made it a felony for anyone in the country illegally to take a job here.

Anna Avandano AFL-CIO said, "Over the last couple of months we've seen this very troubling trend of states trying to step in and legislate immigration." What you've seen here in Mississippi, really it's one of the worse cases of that."

While some groups don't like to see states passing immigration laws, they understand why the states feel the need to act.

 Anna says, "The states have a point. They need the federal government to solve this issue and we hope the congress is going to step up to the plate and do that."

 Figueroa said, "Different communities shouldn't have different immigration laws. The laws should be the same especially when it comes to immigration because then you have certain states that aren't able to compete against other states because of different labor laws."

The hope here is that with the new White House administration will come new immigration reforms.

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