Claims About Missouri’s Approach to Illegal Immigration-Truth!
Claims About Missouri’s Approach to Illegal Immigration-Truth!Summary of eRumor: A viral email alleges that Missouri doesn’t have any illegal immigrants because state lawmakers have passed a number of bills aimed at cracking down on them. The Truth: 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 the rumor that has been making the rounds online for years came from an editorial written by Republican State Rep. Nita Jane Ayres. It was published by the Ozarks Sentinel on May 13, 2009.
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. Posted 05/09/14
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
SMARTEST LAWMAKERS ARE IN MISSOURI! “Smartest State in the USA”???
Missouri has no illegals, go figure…shouldn’t the other states do the same? Missouri ‘s approach to the problem of illegal immigration appears to be more advanced, sophisticated, strict and effective than anything to date in Arizona . Does the White House appreciate what Missouri has done? So, why doesn’t Missouri receive attention? Answer: There are no illegals in Missouri to demonstrate. The “Show Me” state has again shown us how it should be done. There needs to be more publicity and exposure regarding what Missouri has done. Please pass this around. In 2007, Missouri placed on the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment designating English as the official language of Missouri . In November, 2008, nearly 90% voted 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 officers receive specific training with respect to enforcement of federal immigration laws. In Missouri , illegal immigrants do NOT have access to taxpayer benefits such as food stamps or health care through Missouri Health NET.
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.
DON’T DELETE THIS AMERICA . KEEP IT GOING UNTIL WE GET ALL 50 STATES TO COMPLY!!!Taken from: “The Ozarks Sentinel” Editorial