The Mississippi anti-immigrant law was killed today after a Mississippi House committee chairman decided that his attempt to force anti-immigrant language into an unrelated bill would not withstand a challenge.
On Tuesday, a Democratic committee chairman in the Mississippi state Senate killed an HB56-like immigration bill known as HB488 by not putting it on his committee’s agenda. However, the bill’s language lived on in the House. There, House judiciary B committee chairman Rep. Andy Gipson wanted to amend SB2549, a bill relating to counterfeit goods, to include much of HB488′s language.
According to a report at the Clarion Ledger, Gipson argued that the counterfeit goods bill and immigration are related because fake goods are a problem in immigrant communities. Gipson tabled his amendment after coming to the conclusion that shoehorning the immigration legislation into the counterfeit goods bill would fail if challenged by another House member.
Read much more at the Clarion Ledger.