By Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Senate has approved a measure reinforcing that local law enforcement officials must follow federal immigration laws.

Senate Bill 2306 requires officers to alert federal agencies when they think someone convicted of violating state or local laws is in the country illegally. The bill authorizes them to make arrests if they have probable cause and transfer detainees to federal custody.

Sean Tindell, a Gulfport Republican, authored the bill. He said the bill is meant to prevent any city in Mississippi from protecting people who may be in the country illegally from federal agencies. He said the bill also requires officers don’t violate civil rights.

The bill passed 33-14 Thursday and moves to the House for more debate.

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