Opinion

Illegal immigration

U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst has pledged to vigorously prosecute any companies that knowingly hired illegal immigrants at the seven Mississippi poultry plants raided in August.

If Hurst does, it will be the exception for how these massive raids usually go.

Usually, the penalties are a negotiated fine, and not much more than that.




Budget notes

As the Clarion Ledger keeps digging into a previously little-known practice used by influential Mississippi legislators to direct money to pet causes or pet state agencies, it keeps finding surprises.





Female pastors already home

By ELIZABETH QUINN,

I have never known church without female leadership. Never. I had the luck to be born into a church that affirmed the role of women in the church way back when it was not just uncommon, but downright scandalous. And yet—it thrived. More than 50 years on, my church is still out there being the hands and feet of God in the world where it can.








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