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Lawmakers want to make it harder for illegals to get jobs in Missouri.

May 1, 2006
By: Tim Walker
State Capital Bureau

Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants walked out of their jobs in protest Monday. Meanwhile, immigration reform in Missouri looks to punish businesses which hire those immigrants. Tim Walker has more from Jefferson City.

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Missouri lawmakers are debating a series of immigration bills which could carry a heavy impact for businesses in Missouri.

St. Louis Republican Tim Green's bill would fine businesses ten dollars per day per undocumented worker.

Green says the fines are appropriate.

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"Businesses should be penalized if they are employing illegal immigrants. They should be penalized. You want to make sure when you get the illegal immigrants, you arrest them, well that employer should be just as responsible for allowing that to happen."

There are an estimated 50,000 illegal immigrants in Missouri.

From the state Capitol, Tim Walker.

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Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants walked out on their jobs Monday. Immigration reform in Missouri is aimed at making sure they don't have jobs.

Tim Walker has more from Jefferson City.

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Republican Senator Bill Alter says he hasn't had time to keep up on massive worker walkouts.

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"I have no idea what's occurring across the nation.

Alter is proposing sweeping legislation aimed at cracking down on illegal immigrants AND the businesses which hire them. The new rules could have a negative effect on businesses but Alter says he isn't concerned.

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"It may make them mad, but I'm more concerned about national security and the drain that illegal are on the economy.

There are currently seven different immigration bills awaiting a vote this session.

From the state Capitol, I'm Tim Walker.