Missouri immigration bill copies Alabama, would require schools to check student immigration status

In a move similar to ones chided by federal courts in Alabama and Arizona, one Kansas City area lawmaker has proposed a bill that would require Missouri schools to check the immigration status of its students, the Huffington Post reports. Republican state Sen. Will Kraus’ bill would also allow police to question a person’s citizenship at traffic stops and makes it a state misdemeanor not to carry proper citizenship documentation. The U.S. Department of Justice last October blocked portions of an immigration law in Alabama that drove Hispanics away from the state and their children out of schools. While federal judges let stand part of the law that allows police to check a person’s immigration status during a traffic stop, the court barred a provision mandating schools to check students’ citizenship status and overrode the allowance of misdemeanor filings for those who don’t carry federal registration papers…

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