Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:58 AM by Garrett Bergquist
Updated: Feb 19, 2013 10:11 AM
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri's immigration laws could be relaxed under a bill presented to a senate committee Tuesday morning.
Bill sponsor Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, said the state's current laws dealing with undocumented immigrants have unintended consequences that deny basic rights to them. She said undocumented immigrants have been denied basic services such as hospital care as a result of the law, enacted in 2008.
Chappelle-Nadal's bill would repeal several sections of the immigration law, including:
Sen. Gary Romine, a Farmington Republican who did research for the current law, said the biggest problem is federal legislation that prevents the states from putting together their own documentation systems. He said looking at the effects of certain provisions is a good idea, but the overall immigration law had positive effects.