Mississippi’s controversial illegal immigration crackdown bill died in a state Senate committee Tuesday, bucking a trend in Deep South states for more-stringent enforcement efforts. Reportedly still afoot, however, are other legislative maneuvers to get the core elements of the bill onto the desk of recently elected Gov. Phil Bryant, a strong supporter of an Arizona-style immigration law. Pro-immigrant groups say they are not ready to declare victory until the legislative session ends next month. “The war continues — that’s the reality,” Bill Chandler, executive director of the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance, said in an interview. “I’m sure if we’re successful in killing this monster, it’s going to come up again in some other form.” The bill, HB 488, passed the state House last month, but died quietly in a state Senate judiciary committee chaired by a Democrat.

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