In 2007 I supported immigration reform in Missouri that was, at that time, some of the strongest immigration language in the country. I am proud to have been a part of the following initiatives but I believe continued diligence is required to protect the rights of our citizens.
Business entities and employers are prohibited from knowingly employing, hiring, or continuing to employ illegal aliens in Missouri. E-Verify is required for all public employers and business entities receiving a state contract or grant in excess of $5,000 or a state-administered tax credit, tax abatement, or loan from the state.
Aliens unlawfully present in the United States are prohibited from receiving a state or local public benefit unless it is offered under 8 U.S.C. 162(b.HB 1231 required Missouri driver's license examinations to be administered in English so that the applicant can demonstrate his or her ability to sufficiently understand highway traffic signs and safety warnings.
In 2008 a measure was passed that required 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.
The Department of Revenue is prohibited from issuing driver's licenses to illegal aliens and persons who cannot prove lawful presence in the United States.
In 2009 a measure was passed that ensures Missouri's public institutions of higher education do not award financial aid to individuals who are here illegally.