Immigration Crackdown

1 decade 2 years 3 months ago Tuesday, October 30 2007 Oct 30, 2007 Tuesday, October 30, 2007 4:51:30 AM CDT October 30, 2007 in News
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HANNIBAL (AP) - Governor Blunt's crackdown on illegal immigration is concerning some business owners who worry that Hispanic employees might be targeted by law enforcement. An immigration raid in Hannibal found only one illegal immigrant of 19 Hispanic men questioned. The St. Louis-area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce says companies may not hire Hispanics because they don't want to run the risk of going afoul of the government. In August, Blunt ordered the Highway Patrol to check the immigration status of everyone who is jailed. He also directed the Department of Economic Development to randomly check the immigration status of workers employed by contractors who get state incentives. Blunt has said repeatedly his crackdown will not target Hispanics.

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