2007 Regular Session
To: Judiciary A
By: Representative Lott
AN ACT TO PROHIBIT OFFICIAL RESISTANCE OR NONCOOPERATION OF SHARING INFORMATION REGARDING IMMIGRATION STATUS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no government entity or official within the State of Mississippi may prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, an agency of the federal government, information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.
(2) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person or agency within the State of Mississippi may prohibit, or in any way restrict, a public employee from doing any of the following with respect to information regarding the immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual:
(a) Sending such information to, or requesting or receiving such information from, an agency of the federal government.
(b) Maintaining such information.
(c) Exchanging such information with any other federal, state, or local government entity.
(3) This section shall allow for a private right of action by any natural or legal person lawfully domiciled in this state to file for a writ of mandamus to compel any noncooperating agency of the State of Mississippi or any political subdivision thereof to comply with such reporting laws.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2007.