Blunt pushes for local involvement in illegal immigration
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Blunt pushes for local involvement in illegal immigration

Date: August 27, 2007
By: Elizabeth Ford
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Following the shooting of three college students by an illegal immigrant in Newark, Governor Blunt called for state law enforcement to toughen their stance on detaining illegal immigrants.

Beth Ford has more from Jefferson City.

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Missouri will use state law enforcement to check the legal status of every individual presented for incarceration along with anyone that accompanies them. Law enforcement must be trained and certified by the Federal Government in order to enforce Federal immigration law.
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Description: We'll work with local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to encourage them to have their officers undergo similar training. 

Blunt's order covers only state law enforcement, like the Highway Patrol, but he encouraged local law enforcement to adopt similar policies.
Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Beth Ford.