The issue of immigration enforcement has never been so public as it has during the reign of Barack Obama who may in fact be illegally occupying the White House. Democrats have long extended open arms to millions of illegal aliens. Lately, it seems as though the Dems have formed welcome committees for illegals, handing them baskets full of free benefits that U.S. citizens are denied.
Ever since Obama took office and decided to create his own immigration laws without any approval of Congress, a number of states have found it necessary to take it upon themselves to enforce the immigration laws that the feds refuse to do. Some of these states have had their immigration laws challenged in courts and in most cases, the majority of their laws have been upheld by the courts.
Both Alabama and Arizona faced stiff legal challenges to their immigration laws. In Alabama, most of their law was upheld and the result has been a substantial drop in unemployment. Although many people believe that the Supreme Court struck down most of the Arizona immigration law, in reality, they only struck down 3 of 14 sections of it, leaving 11 sections including the mandatory e-verify section intact.
Mississippi has been trying to pass similar immigration laws in the past few years, but the Democrats controlled enough of the legislature to block all attempts. In 2010, a major effort was launched in Mississippi to elect enough Republicans to take control of the legislature and allow them to pass their immigration law. The effort paid off and the Republicans did win control of the state capital, however, in their zeal and celebration, they still have one lone thorn in their side that is still blocking every effort to pass an immigration law.
In 2010, Republican Tate Reeves was elected Mississippi Lieutenant Governor. Although the state’s Republican Party and leaders are pushing for tough immigration laws, Reeves has vowed to block any of them from hitting the floor of the Senate. Dr. Rodney Hunt, president of Mississippi Federation for Immigration Reform and Enforcement (MFIRE) commented on Reeves saying:
“We heard early on in this last session that the lieutenant governor would not let any illegal immigration legislation get to the Senate floor — and unfortunately, that was borne out by the events. We actually gave the lieutenant governor an ‘F’ on illegal immigration.”
“In retrospect, we were so focused on changing the House leadership that we unfortunately didn’t vet the lieutenant governor well enough in the primaries.”
So Mississippi, who is plenty close enough to the Mexican border to see more than their fair share of illegal aliens, is halted from passing immigration laws similar to the those of Alabama and Arizona by one man. Lt. Gov. Reeves single handedly is blocking efforts to bring down the unemployment rate in Mississippi like it was done in Alabama.
Unfortunately, the term of office for Lt. Gov. in Mississippi is four years. That means that it appears the Republicans in that state may not be able to do anything on stopping illegals until 2014, all because of one man.