Senate Mulls Immigrant Enforcement Department

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"What we are asking Missouri businesses to do is to participate in the ongoing efforts of the Department of Homeland Security and to run a citizenship check on potential applicants to a business. It's done through a program called the Basic Pilot Program. It doesn't take very long to do. It's very inexpensive and it's been set up with the needs of businesses in mind," said Sen. Chris Koster, Harrisonville.

The director of Centro Latino, Eduardo Crepsi, disagrees with Sen. Koster. He says immigrants are doing the jobs Americans won't do.

"They will not do those jobs. Doing what our latino people are being paid," said Eduardo Crespi, Centro Latino director.

Koster disagrees and said that, "The accusation that there are jobs in America that Americans won't do is ridiculous."

The heat on this bill is just getting started. It has yet to go to the floor of the House. The bill was introduced by Koster Tuesday. If the new immigration department is created, it would fall under the Secretary of State's office.

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