Mississippi State Immigration Laws
Welcome to FindLaw's coverage of existing Mississippi legislation and rules related to individuals' immigration status. Below you will find information on what, if any, rules Mississippi has regarding immigration checks by law enforcement, educational institutions, and employers, as well as the existence of E-Verify requirements, restrictions on public benefits based on an individual's immigration status, and more.
Law Enforcement and Immigration in Mississippi
Under a federal program called "Secure Communities," all arrestees are fingerprinted and run through a federal database which checks their criminal record and immigration status.
Employment & Immigration
Refer to federal employment eligibility verification rules and the requirements for Form I-9.
Mississippi E-Verify Requirements
All public and prive employers in Mississippi are required to use E-Verify.
Driver's License/ID Requirements
Must present birth certificate and proof of either U.S. citizenship or legal residence. Must prove Mississippi residency (lease agreement, utility bill, mortgage documents, etc.).
Public Benefits Restrictions
Under federal law, illegal immigrants are prohibited from receiving most public benefits. However, they are allowed to receive emergency services, health care and other programs that have been deemed "necessary to protect life and safety."
Voting ID Rules
No voter identification requirements.
Housing Ordinances and Immigration
- Know Your Rights - Guide to protecting yourself and your family during immigration raids (PDF, CASA of Maryland and other organizations)
- Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance - Resources to help immigrants in Mississippi
Contact a qualified immigration attorney to help you get the best results possible.