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Missouri Shows Some backbone
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March 07, 2007, 11:25 PM
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Jason Rosenbaum writes in the Columbia Tribune:

JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Matt Blunt has canceled a state contract of a janitorial company accused of employing illegal aliens.

Immigration officials detained about 25 employees of Oklahoma-based Sam’s Janitorial Services yesterday in the state capital. The company has contracts to clean nine buildings across the state, including one in Columbia.

“We want to keep our tax dollars from being used to pay illegal aliens,” Blunt said during a rare news conference last night.

Vernon Morris, a housekeeping manager for the Division of Facility Management, Construction and Design, tipped off Capitol Police officers after he noticed discrepancies in contract staff’s documents.

It is nice to finally see some visible action being taken in this area. What was also of special interest to VDARE.COM readers is the mention of some state legislation under consideration:

Illegal immigration has been a notable topic this session in the Missouri General Assembly. State Sen. Chris Koster, R-Harrisonville, and state Sen. Tim Green, D-St. Louis County, unleashed a comprehensive bill that would force employers to sign up with a federal service that tracks the immigration status of potential workers.

The legislation would also ban illegal aliens from attending Missouri’s public colleges and would bar landlords from renting to illegal aliens. The bill has yet to be heard in committee.

I expect we will see considerable state action in this area the next few years-doing the job the federal government refuses to do.