Missouri Senate Passes Wide-Ranging Immigration Bill

Marshall Griffin, KWMU Radio (St. Louis), May 15, 2008

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.

But it also contains an amendment that leaders in the State House don’t like.

That amendment would fine employers who misclassify undocumented workers as “contractors” up to $50,000.

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House and Senate leaders have until 6:PM Friday to pass a final version of the immigration bill.

If they don’t, Governor Matt Blunt has promised to call a special session.

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