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    Pelath sandbagged the Senate version because he was one of 4 members on a conferee committee members that needed to sign off on it. He's talking out of both sides of his mouth with a political forked tongue. Pelath killed the real bill.

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    See here. He signed by wants some changes:

    http://www.alipac.us/ftopict-108340.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by cantor


    I emailed Rep. Pelath about this bill and received a reply to say that he did vote in favor of the bill and that I had been misinformed.
    If this is the case his name should be removed for the list of those that voted against it.
    I recieved the same responds . Ya'll read it and tell me what kinda man he is .

    Thank you for your e-mail. Unfortunately, someone has misinformed you, either intentionally or unintentionally.

    I voted in favor of the House-passed version of SB 345. It contained strong language to crack down on the employers of illegal labor. More importantly, it contained dollars to help our state enforce the new law.

    At the end of the session, some wanted me to agree to a final version of SB 345 that contained no money for enforcement -- in other words, a toothless tiger. I would not submit to such a change, and I insisted that the Senate simply agree with the House's version of the bill. Had they done so, we would have had immigration reform in Indiana.

    Thank you for your attention to this matter.
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    Have we heard if he signed this bill yet!!! times is up!!
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    I believe this post answers your question

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    Posted on Mon, Mar. 17, 2008
    [b]Barbour signs bill requiring checks on immigrants' status [/b
    http://www.alipac.us/ftopicp-647502.html#647502


    WAY TO GO ALIPACERS, VICTORY !!!!! THANKS FOR THE HARD WORK !!!!!!


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    The official word from MS Gov

    Subject: Fwd: STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR ON SENATE BILL 2988

    Andrew Ketchings
    Legislative Affairs
    Office of Governor Haley Barbour



    STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR ON SENATE BILL
    2988

    MARCH 17, 2008

    "Today, I have signed into law SB 2988, a bill designed to discourage
    illegal immigration in Mississippi by creating new penalties for hiring
    illegal immigrants. I appreciate the efforts of Lieutenant Governor
    Phil Bryant and others in the House and Senate who have worked so hard
    on this issue.

    Any employer who knowingly hires an illegal alien should be held
    accountable, and that is the goal of SB 2988. While I have signed this
    legislation into law, I have serious concerns about specific provisions
    of the bill that could have unintended negative consequences. I urge
    the Legislature to make the necessary technical changes to ensure this
    bill will have the intended effect.

    Senate Bill 2988 mandates that employers utilize the federal E-Verify
    program administered by the Department of Homeland Security. I am
    concerned about mandating the E-Verify system as the sole source from
    which an employer in Mississippi can verify a potential employee's
    eligibility, especially since the federal government itself has said
    E-Verify is not a reliable system. According to a 2006 Report prepared
    for the United States Department of Homeland Security: "The accuracy
    of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) database used
    for verification has improved substantially since the start of the Basic
    Pilot program. However, further improvements are needed, especially if
    the Web Basic Pilot becomes a mandated national program ‚Äď improvements
    that USCIS personnel report are currently underway. Most importantly,
    the database used for verification is still not sufficiently up to date
    to meet the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act
    (IIRIRA) requirements for accurate verification, especially for
    naturalized citizens. USCIS accommodates this problem by providing for
    manual review that is time consuming and can lead to discrimination
    against work-authorized foreign-born persons during the period that the
    verification is ongoing, especially naturalized citizens."
    Mississippi's economy is growing; we have record employment. We
    don't want American citizens or others legally here to lose jobs
    because the verification system is technologically flawed. I urge the
    Legislature to add other reliable verification systems beyond E-Verify
    to confirm the hiring eligibility of potential employees.

    The requirement to use E-Verify to determine the eligibility of
    potential new employees is phased-in, depending on the businesses'
    number of employees. Smaller businesses are not required to use the
    federal program until July 1, 2011; however, SB 2988 establishes
    employers' use of E-Verify as an absolute defense against suits
    brought by a former employee, as it should. But the bill does not make
    plain that the smaller employers are immune from these private suits
    until the mandate to use E-Verify goes into effect for employers in
    their size category. It should be made plain that small employers are
    exempt from and will be held harmless from the private litigation
    referred to in Section 2(4)(e) until such time as they are required to
    use the E-Verify system under the statue's timetable in Section 2(7).


    Also, while the intent of SB 2988 is to hold employers accountable for
    their actions, the term "employing entity" is used in certain places
    without being defined. I ask the Legislature to clarify that an
    "employing entity" in this bill is the entity that is the
    employer of the employee found to be an illegal immigrant.

    Employers are understandably concerned when government applies new
    regulations to their businesses, especially when these new regulations
    provide for powerful penalties, even including loss of current contracts
    or of a license to do business in our state. Employers, therefore, can
    be expected to be very cautious in hiring with the sword of these
    penalties hanging over their heads.

    It is, therefore, very important that the law be written clearly and be
    interpreted predictably. SB 2988 falls short of that standard, and it
    also limits compliance to a system of verification that even its
    provider, the U.S. Government, says is insufficiently reliable.

    I look forward to working with the Legislature this session to make
    these greatly needed technical amendments."

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    Wonderful WORK PATRIOTS!!! I have been gone due to family and am now back!!!! WAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!!

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    Interesting comments by the Governor. NOW, if I have a business, and someone can hardly speak English that's my first clue. Then I can use E-verify even before it s mandated. DUH. Then the Save Act in the Federal Congress has not only the E-verify system, but DHS, and SS access. So if they can tract us down for NOT paying taxes, they can do this.
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    Alright then! Good for Mississippi! Sometimes I find reason to have faith in the system albeit not often!

    ALIPAC, good job!
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