Sunset News: Article "Ozarks Sentinel" Editorial Opinion

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Article "Ozarks Sentinel" Editorial Opinion

Subject: Article "Ozarks Sentinel" Editorial Opinion

Will Obama think about suing Missouri like he might Arizona?

The "Show Me" state has once again showed us how it should be

In 2007, Missouri placed on the ballot a proposed constitutional
amendment, designating English as the Official language of
Missouri. Nearly 90% voting in favor. English became the
official language for all governmental proceeding in Missouri. It
also means no individual has the right to demand government
services in a language OTHER than English.

In 2008 a measure was passed that requires 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. It allows Missouri law
enforcement offices to receive training to enforce federal
immigration laws. The bill makes it clear that illegal immigrants
will 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 here illegally. The law also requires 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 proactive in addressing
this growing problem. Missouri has sent a clear message that
illegal immigrants are NOT welcome in our state, and they are
certainly NOT welcome to receive public benefits at the cost of
Missouri taxpayers.

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