Honesty May Become New Policy
It isn't unusual to find Trooper Kyle Green pulling over a car's driver for speeding.
"Maybe causing a hazard to other drivers," said Green.
The stop was just a speeding ticket, but if a bill now on the house floor becomes law Green would have asked more questions when he talked to the driver.
"The idea of my bill is to make it easier for law enforcement officers to assist in the enforcement of federal immigration law," said Rep. Robert Onder, (R) Lake St. Louis.
The bill says Missouri police officers would just have to ask anyone they arrest if they are an illegal immigrant.
"If the person says no, I'm a citizen or I'm legally in the country, that's all the local law enforcement legally has to do," said Onder.
The bill would also provide training for about 10 officers to specialize in immigration law so they don't have to always ask federal officers for help.
"Further educating somebody in the process of what to look for. It always makes them a better officer and better servant to the community," said Tim Hull, of the highway patrol.
Representative Onder says the bill is a modest step. Asking people to honestly admit they're not legal. A truth that may soon find its way to Missouri roads.
When someone is identified as an illegal immigrant the law would require local law enforcement to cooperate with the federal government. The bill awaits final approval in the house before it moves on to the Missouri Senate.
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