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How come Missouri has NO Illegals?????

Lie Pie Title:  How come Missouri has NO Illegals????????
Lie Pie Classification: lie taco

Editor's Note:  Let's stop and think about this for a minute.  According to the viral email below, there are NO illegal immigrants in Missouri.  Now honestly, does that pass your smell test?  I hate to tell you this, honey, but if you really believe there aren't any illegal immigrants in Missouri you are soft in the head.  There have been and will continue to be illegal immigrants living in Missouri as long as there are greedy Missourians who can exploit vulnerable people for profit without any risk of prosecution.  According to the Pew Reseach Center, there are currently around 55,000 illegal immigrants living in Missouri, and their numbers have been rising since 1990.  See for yourself on page 6 of Pew's Feb. 1, 2011 report.

And, what exactly does it mean that English is the official language of Missouri?  Well, here is the wording of the 2008 ballot measure that passed with 86% support according to

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to add a statement that English shall be the language of all governmental meetings at which any public business is discussed, decided, or public policy is formulated whether conducted in person or by communication equipment including conference calls, video conferences, or internet chat or message board?

So there you go.  I'm not sure how that deters any illegal immigrants from moving to Missouri, but apparently some folks are able to sleep better knowing that even though all governmental meetings had always been conducted in English, thanks to this 2008 constitutional amendment, they are now OFFICIALLY conducted in English when they are conducted in English.  Rest easy, folks, Missouri government internet chats and message boards are ENGLISH ONLY.

The 2008 measure mentioned in the viral email below allows law enforcement to verify the immigration status of folks who have already been arrested.  Looks like there have been just over 600 illegal immigrants verified following incarceration since 2007 when Governor Matt Blunt issued a series of executive orders cracking down on illegal immigration.

Unsurprisingly, this viral email is a load of hot gas.  No illegal immigrants in Missouri--Good Lord.  Whatever you think will or won't reduce illegal immigration, I can't see that there has been anything done in Missouri much beyond window dressing.  Don't jump on the Missouri bandwagon if you are looking for real solutions that actually have a substantial impact on illegal immigration.  Now, if you want to make sure English will be the official language of your state's government internet chats and message boards, good old Missouri has shown you how to get it done.  

You can read up on the impact of illegal immigration on state and local governments in this CBO report--Granny, 2/29/12


So how come Missouri has NO ILLEGALS? Read the answer
Isn't it funny how simple answers are available for just everything....

HOW do we get this pushed through in every state? Missouri has no
illegals, go figure......

Missouri's approach to the problem of illegal immigration appears
to be more advanced, sophisticated, strict and effective than anything
to date in Arizona .

Do the loonies in San Francisco, or the White House, appreciate
what Missouri has done?

When are our fearless President and his dynamic Attorney General
going to take action to require Missouri start accepting illegal
immigrants once again?

So, why doesn't Missouri receive attention?

Answer: There are no Mexican illegals in Missouri to demonstrate.

The "Show Me" state has once again shown us how it should be done.
There needs to be more publicity and exposure regarding what Missouri
has done.

Let's 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 98% 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 offices receive specific training with
respect to enforcement of federal immigration laws.

In Missouri , illegal immigrants do NOT have access to taxpayers
benefits such as food stamps and health care through Missouri

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 any public benefits at the
Expense of hardworking Missouri taxpayers.

This is why there are no illegals in the great state of Missouri.


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