Monday, January 17, 2011

Why Missouri Has No Illegal Immigrants

Missouri 's approach to the problem of illegal immigration  appears to be more advanced, sophisticated, strict and effective than anything to date in  Arizona . So, why doesn't  Missouri receive attention?Answer: There are no Mexican illegal’s in  Missouri to demonstrate.    In 2007,  Missouri placed on the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment designating English as the official language of  Missouri.    In November, 2008, nearly 90% voting in favor! Thus English became the official language for ALL governmental activity in  Missouri.    No individual has the right to demand government services in a language OTHER than English.    In 2008 a measure was passed that required the Missouri 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 in Missouri illegally.  Missouri law enforcement offices receive specific training with respect to enforcement of federal immigration laws.    In  Missouri illegal immigrants do NOT have access to taxpayers benefits such as food stamps and health care through Missouri HealthNET.
    In 2009 a measure was passed that ensures  Missouri 's public institutions of higher education do NOT award financial aid to individuals who are illegally in the  United States..     In  Missouri all post-secondary institutions of higher education to annually certify to the Missouri Dept. of Higher Education that they have NOT knowingly awarded financial aid to students who are unlawfully present in the  United States.
    So while  Arizona has made national news for its new law, it is important to remember  Missouri has been far more proactive in addressing this horrific problem.     Missouri has made it clear that illegal immigrants are NOT welcome in the state and they will certainly NOT receive public benefits at the expense of  Missouri taxpayers.     It’s also important to remember that this country has always opened its arms to immigrants, which is why our nation is often referred to as the great melting pot. Immigrants from all parts of the world have helped make our country what it is today. However, our doors are not open to those who try to live in our country illegally. I believe Missouri’s laws make that very clear and give our law enforcement officials the authority they need to deal with the problem.

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