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Senate passes bill to reinforce immigration law

JACKSON, Miss.- The Mississippi Senate passed Senate Bill 2306 which reinforces that local police officers follow federal immigration laws. 

It passed 33-14 Thursday and will now be considered in the House.

The bill requires officers to contact federal agencies if they believe someone who is committing a crime or has committed one is an illegal immigrant. They are allowed to make these arrests only if they have probably cause and immediately transfer them to federal custody.

Sen. Tindell, who wrote the bill, says this would prevent cities from creating havens for illegal immigrants under state and federal law.

The bill requires that the civil rights of those being detained are not violated.

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