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Bill forcing Koster to sue stalls

Date: April 5, 2011
By: Andrew Weil
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 72

Intro: 
One Republican Senator says while Missouri is set to lose a congressional seat, other states are gaining them because of their illegal immigrant populations.
RunTime:  0:35
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The Senate debated but did not vote whether to require Attorney General Chris Koster to sue the federal government for not enforcing immigration laws.

Jackson County Republican Senator Will Kraus sponsors the bill.

Kraus says border states will gain congressional representation because every person, legal or illegal, counts as part of a state's population.  

Actuality:  KRAUS11.WAV
Run Time:  00:04
Description: "Those are people that are here undocumented, illegal, and they need to be deported."

Democratic opposition says without an overall understanding of federal immigration law, the plan won't help Missourians.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.

Intro: 
A Republican sponsored plan to require Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster to sue the federal government for not enforcing immigration laws stalls in the Senate.
RunTime:  0:32
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The plan met opposition from Democratic Saint Louis County Senator Maria Chappell-Nadal.

Actuality:  NADAL2.WAV
Run Time:  00:11
Description: "By putting this on the ballot, we're really not addressing the issue, we're simply saying the Attorney General needs to do his or her job but what does that mean?

The bill's sponsor is Republican Jackson County Senator Will Kraus.

He says his plan would force the federal government to explain why they aren't doing their job.

If passed, the plan would go on the November 2012 ballot.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.

Intro: 
First, Missourians told Attorney General Chris Koster how to deal with federal health care, now a Republican sponsored plan would require him to sue the federal government for not enforcing immigration laws.
RunTime:  0:33
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The Senate debated the plan but ran into opposition from Democratic Saint Louis County Senator Maria Chappell-Nadal.

Actuality:  NADAL3.WAV
Run Time:  00:04
Description: "I'm trying to figure out what this means, other than saying, 'hey do your job'."
 
Chappell-Nadal says Missouri doesn't have an illegal immigration problem.
 
Kraus says the federal government does and he says while Missouri is losing a congressional seat, border states are gaining representation because illegal immigrants count toward a state's population.
 
If passed, the plan would be placed on the November 2012 ballot.
 
Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.

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