August 2007 saw Governor Matt Blunt order state law enforcement agencies to check the immigration status for anyone put up for jailtime.
That led to the Missouri State Highway Patrol locking up 300 hundred illegal immigrants.
Gov. Blunt's communications director Jessica Robinson says the directive was his way to keep Missouri safe.
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Robinson also said the directive was a part of the governor's widescale plan to decrease unauthorized foreigners in the state.
Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Max Reiss. 1120 KMOX News.
Intro: Gov. Matt Blunt's office says his immigration directive led to the detainment of 300 illegal immigrants.
Max Reiss (REECE) has more from Jefferson City.
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