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Mo. senator seeks to lighten immigration laws

Date: February 19, 2013
By: Alexander Mallin
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 203 

A St. Louis County senator says her bill to lighten Missouri immigration laws won't pass, but that's not stopping her from pressuring fellow lawmakers.
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Wrap: Democratic Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal is seeking to repeal anti-illegal immigration measures passed in 2008. But even she says the bill doesn't stand a chance with the legislature's two Republican supermajorities.

Chappelle-Nadal says Republicans should at least consider her proposals in order to gain footing with Hispanic voters.

Republican Senator Gary Romine says he would be opposed to Chappelle-Nadal's bill. But he says it does highlight a problem in the state's immigration laws.

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Description: "We did set a standard, and by having that standard hopefully it brings more of awareness that we've got to come up with a system that will help immigrants coming in to have proper documentation so they can be here and be effective citizens of our state."

 Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Alex Mallin.


A St. Louis County Senator says she wants to shed light on Missouri's laws regarding undocumented immigrants.
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Wrap: Democratic Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal says she wants to soften the state's immigration laws. She says immigrants make valuable contributions to society -- regardless of their legal status.

She says she knows Republicans will oppose the bill, but says they should at least consider her proposals in order to gain footing with Hispanic voters.  

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Description: "They're going to have to go backwards and look at the legislation they've passed previously so that people can actually trust that they care about the well-being of immigrants and refugees and their children."

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Alex Mallin.

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