Springfield Councilman Wants to Curb Illegal Workers
SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield city councilman wants the city to crack down on employers who hire illegal aliens. Newly elected councilman Doug Burlison said he will propose rules to let the city fine employers and yank their city business licenses for a third offense. Burlison is backing the idea at the request of the local chapter of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, a group that is trying to stop illegal immigration. The idea got a cool reception from another council member and the city attorney. They said the council has looked at the idea in the past and determined that only the federal government can legislate on immigration matters. City attorney Dan Wichmer said current code already allows the city to pull the business license of any employer who acts illegally.