January 17, 2011
An immigration measure that would let law enforcement officers check the immigration status of people who are stopped for traffic violations or other possible offenses is sparking intense debate and may be one of the most divisive topics of the 2011 Mississippi legislative session.
The issue is casting a spotlight on Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, who can’t seek a third term this year and is considering a presidential run in 2012.
He said during an interview in December that it’s reasonable to let law officers check the immigration status of people who are stopped for traffic violations or other possible offenses. But he also said Mississippi benefited from immigrants’ work during the massive recovery after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.