Skip to comments.Missouri Ahead of the Game in Dealing with Illegal Immigrants
Posted on 04/25/2011 7:13:36 AM PDT by jda
In 2007, the Missouri General Assembly approved HJR 7 to place on the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment designating English as the official language of Missouri. Voters then went to the polls and approved the measure with nearly 90 percent voting in favor. With that, English became the official language for all governmental proceedings in Missouri. It also means no individual has the right to demand government services in a language other than English. A common language is the cornerstone of a cohesive and united state and country. Ensuring that English is our official language is simply common sense.
Another measure that directly addresses the issue of illegal immigration was passed in 2008. HB 1549 requires our Highway Patrol and other law enforcement officials to verify the immigration status of any person arrested, and inform federal authorities if the person is found to be here illegally. . . . Furthermore, the bill makes it clear that illegal immigrants will not have access to taxpayer benefits such as food stamps and health care through MO HealthNet. With the passage of this legislation, Missouri sent a clear message that illegal immigrants are not welcome in our state, and that they are certainly not welcome to receive public benefits at the cost of Missouri taxpayers.
2009 saw another significant piece of legislation passed dealing with illegal immigration. HB 390 ensures Missouris public institutions of higher education do not award financial aid to individuals who are here illegally. . . . The bill represents another common sense approach to the issue as it ensures taxpayer dollars are not used to subsidize the education of someone who is in our country illegally.
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The show me your papers state—I like it.
Only “show me your papers” when applying for handouts from the public trough. One of the few decent pieces of legislation the General Assembly have passed in my adult lifetime.
They will, once the court challenges start.
bump for MO!
I’m surprised the court challenges haven’t started already,considering they passed this a couple of years ago.
Contrast this with Arizona, who hadn’t even voted on the immigration bill, before Obambi’s DOJ filed a lawsuit.
HB 1549 requires our Highway Patrol and other law enforcement officials to verify the immigration status of any person arrested, and inform federal authorities if the person is found to be here illegally. . . . Furthermore, the bill makes it clear that illegal immigrants will not have access to taxpayer benefits such as food stamps and health care through MO HealthNet.
Makes it clear that in Missouri, you only have to 'show your papers' whenever you have to deal with the govt. In every other state there is a documentation requirement when dealing with the govt. You may not have to prove you're here legally, but you do have to provide documentation that verifies you are who you say you are. This law in Missouri just adds citizenship to the mix.
I hope other states adopt similar laws.
FWIW, Obama couldn’t obtain a driver’s license in MO with what he’s shown to the public.
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