Posted by Jack
Missouri state lawmakers have passed a number of bills to prevent “illegal immigration” in the state, but the idea that Missouri doesn’t have any illegal immigrants is a false one. A version of that rumor has been making the rounds online for years. It came from an editorial written by GOP State Rep. Nita Jane Ayres. It was published by the Ozarks Sentinel on May 13, 2009.
What is correct is very significant, the Missouri General Assembly placed a constitutional referendum on the ballot in 2007 that designated English as the state’s primary language. The state legislature also got a measure signed into law in 2008 that required Missouri Highway State Patrol officers to check the immigration status of people who were pulled over.
It’s also true that lawmakers in Missouri have made illegal immigrants ineligible for state-sponsored health care and food stamp programs, according to Legal Services of Missouri. Illegal immigrants are also ineligible for financial aid in Missouri.
And, while the claim that there are no illegal immigrants in Missouri is false, the state does have one of the lowest populations of illegal immigrants in the country. According to 2010 U.S. Census data, there were about 55,000 illegal immigrants in Missouri, which was less than 1 percent of the state’s population.
WHY DOESN’T THE STUPID STATE OF CA DO THIS?