In 2007, Missouri placed on the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment designating English as the official
language of Missouri.
In November, 2008, nearly 90% voting 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 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 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.
Taken from: “The Ozarks Sentinel” Editorial – Nita Jane Ayres, May 13, 2010 .
Comment: California could probably be out of debt by passing these same laws.