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Senate gave first-round approval for bill dealing with illegal aliens

April 24, 2006
By: Andrea Ramey
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri Senate gave first-round approval to a bill dealing with illegal aliens.

Andrea Ramey explains how the national debate over illegal aliens played out in the Senate Chamber.

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Republican Senator Bill Alter is sponsoring a bill that would, among other things, train the Highway Patrol to enforce immigration laws.

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Contents: "For instance 9/11, five of the nineteen hijackers had encounters with the local law enforcement before 9/11. Four of those five were here illegally, had some violation to their immigration status and could've had them deported, but the law enforcement didn't know it, didn't know how to find out about it. And so, that's what this will remedy.

Senator Joan Bray, a Democrat from St. Louis County, argued against the bill, saying it did not get to the root problem of illegal immigration.

Bray added that it also provoked local law enforcement to deport illegal aliens, which is not in their jurisdiction.

Reporting from the state Captiol, Andrea Ramey KMOX News.

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Senator Joan Bray, a Democrat from St. Louis County, argued against the bill, saying it would give local law agencies training to enforce federal immigration laws.

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Contents: "We're talking about human beings. Massive deportation of the people here is unrealistic, but what this bill does is put our Highway Patrol and our local law enforcement into that position of being the instigators of the deportation."

The bill's sponsor, Republican Senator Bill Alter, added that five of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers were illegal aliens and had encounters with local law enforcement.

Alter said they could've been deported if local law enforcement had been trained properly.

Reporting from the state Capitol, Andrea Ramey KMOX News.