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    Update on Mo.

    Mo. lawmakers debate limits for illegal immigrants
    Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 9:37 a.m.

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (AP) -- Missourians applying for public benefits would have to prove their immigration status under legislation given first-round approval by the House.

    Those who can't prove legal residence in the U.S. could continue getting aid for 90 days. But they would then be reported to federal immigration authorities if they can't prove they're legally in the U.S. after three months.

    Bill supporters say tax dollars shouldn't be spent on those who aren't legally in the U.S.

    But Democratic critics said cutting off illegal immigrants from public benefits would put more pressure on charities and nonprofit groups to provide help.

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    Immigration bill doesn't get a vote after 9-hour debate, but picks up potentially killer amendment

    JEFFERSON CITY | Illegal immigration reform — one of the marquee issues in the Missouri legislature this year — faces likely defeat in the final days of the session.

    Senators went late into the night Tuesday debating a wide-ranging bill aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from working and obtaining public benefits, but did not take a decisive vote.

    The bill may effectively be dead, however, thanks to an amendment sponsors say will be untenable in the House.

    A virtually identical bill currently in the House suffered a setback Monday and now faces a long road to passage.

    The legislature adjourns for the year at 6 p.m. on Friday.

    House lawmakers in both cases are balking over provisions adding more stringent requirements for employers in the state.

    In the bill discussed in the Senate, the contention rests on an amendment added by St. Louis County Democrat Tim Green that would require businesses to file certain federal tax forms on all independent contractors.

    The provision, Green said, would close the largest loophole businesses use to employ illegal workers and level the playing field for employers who follow the law.

    “For once we’re going to stick up for the good employers,
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    Missouri Senate passes wide-ranging immigration bill
    Marshall Griffin, KWMU


    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (2008-05-15) The Missouri Senate has passed a wide-ranging illegal immigration bill.

    It would bar so-called "sanctuary cities," authorize state troopers to be trained to enforce federal immigration laws, and require driver's license tests be given in English.

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    Posted on Fri, May. 16, 2008 01:29 PMr

    Immigration bill passes legislature, heads to governor
    By JASON NOBLE


    The Kansas City Star
    Following a House vote this morning, the Missouri Senate gave final approval to an omnibus illegal immigration bill.

    The measure -- one of the top priorities of the year -- now goes on to the governor.

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    Lawmakers OK Crackdown On Illegal Immigrants
    Bill Requires People To Prove They Are Citizens

    POSTED: 2:16 pm CDT May 16, 2008
    UPDATED: 2:20 pm CDT May 16, 2008


    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers gave final approval Friday to a bill that adds new restrictions and requirements for illegal immigrants, the cities in which they live and the businesses that employ them.

    The bill would require people to prove they are U.S. citizens or are legally in the country when applying for food stamps, housing and other public benefits; penalize businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants; order the Missouri State Highway Patrol to seek special federal immigration training; and bar Missouri cities from refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

    The measure also allows fines of up to $50,000 for some employers who misclassify their workers as "contractors" instead of "employees." It would apply to businesses with at least five employees performing public works. When workers are contractors, employers don't have to pay withholding taxes, provide other benefits or take responsibility if the worker is an illegal immigrant.

    The House approved the measure 136-12 on Friday; the Senate followed suit with a 27-7 vote, sending it to Gov. Matt Blunt.

    The legislation was a priority for Republican Gov. Matt Blunt, who already had used his executive powers to enact several policies targeting illegal immigrants. The Highway Patrol, for example, has identified 250 illegal immigrants since late last summer while acting under Blunt's directive to check the immigration status of everyone it arrests.

    Earlier this week, Blunt warned lawmakers he would call them back for a special session if immigration legislation did not pass by Friday's mandatory 6 p.m. adjournment.

    The Washington-based Pew Hispanic Center estimates from U.S. census data that 35,000 to 65,000 illegal immigrants live in Missouri -- roughly the equivalent of the population of Cape Girardeau or St. Charles. But Missouri is projected to have less than 1 percent of the 12 million people estimated to be in the United States illegally.

    House and Senate bill sponsors said Missourians have been demanding that state lawmakers do something about illegal immigration because the federal government has not. House Immigration Chairman Jerry Nolte said the bill is a reasonable, comprehensive approach.

    "The people of Missouri have been speaking with a very clear and unmistakable voice that they want us to do something about illegal immigration," said Nolte, R-Gladstone. He said voters are asking, "what part of illegal is not understood?"

    Only Democrats -- all living in and around Kansas City and St. Louis -- voted against the bill. But the measure split Democrats as some objected to the legislation for cracking down too hard while others called for more, particularly directed at employers who hire illegal immigrants.

    Rep. Ed Wildberger used several analogies to describe his frustration with the bill, because he said employers should face jail time if they hire illegal immigrants. At one point, he likened it to a "bum" wearing a fancy suit, who while looking good "when you take off the suit, you still have a bum."

    Under the immigration bill, public employers -- including state and local governments -- would need to use a federal database that checks immigration status. Businesses that have a government contract worth more than $5,000 or that receive state loans or tax breaks also would need to use E-Verify.

    Private businesses wouldn't need to, but if an employer does, it would give that business a defense against allegations of knowingly hiring an illegal immigrant. Businesses would lose their licenses if they're caught knowingly hiring an illegal immigrant.

    Employers who don't use E-Verify would have to start using it if they are found unknowingly hiring illegal immigrants.

    Arizona already requires employers to use E-Verify, and several other states are considering legislation to do so. But E-Verify has strict rules for when employers can check the work eligibility status of newly hired employees.

    The system can't be used to screen job applicants or check existing employees. Another concern raised by critics is that misspelled names and last names entered as middle names have led to mistakes in determining whether a worker can be hired.

    Sen. Joan Bray, a bill critic, said a provision that requires commercial driver's license tests to be administered in English without the help of translations wouldn't affect only illegal immigrants.

    Bray, D-St. Louis, said there are legal immigrants in Missouri who drive trucks but do not read English well enough to pass the test, and she warned the bill would make it difficult for them to earn a living.
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    Blunt to Sign Immigration Bill
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    Monday, Jul 7, 2008 @06:50am CST


    (Joplin, MO) -- Missouri Governor Matt Blunt will be in Jasper County this morning to sign a bill he says will help battle illegal immigration.

    House Bill 15-49 changes the legislation dealing with illegal aliens and verification of immigration status.

    The bill outlines requirements for state Highway Patrol training and enforcement of immigration laws.

    It also details steps business owners must take.. prohibits counties, cities, towns or villages from enacting sanctuary policies - and prevents illegal aliens from receiving public benefits.

    That bill signing is at 10:30 this morning, in the lobby of the Joplin Police Department.
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    Sep 03, 2008 - 15:07:40 CDT

    A productive legislative session for Sen. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, led to several new laws that went into effect last week. Sen. Engler passed measures that honor Missouri residents killed in combat, protect the rights of firearms owners, and keep public benefits from illegal immigrants.

    “During the legislative session, I was able to pass a number of bills that address the interests of the district,
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