A state senator says it's time for a gut check in the legislature on illegal immigration. Senator Chris Koster of Harrisonville says the federal government has willingly failed to properly address the problem of illegal immigrants working in this country. He says it's the biggest issue facing the states and it's time to quit talking about it. Koster's bill puts landlords out of business if they rent to an undocumented alien. And it can cost employers their businesses if they hire illegals. He says, "Anybody who thinks that we are going to solve the illegal immigration problem in the country without bringing in the employer community is simply kidding themselves" because the employer community is the lure. Koster says immigrants come to this country illegally looking for jobs. His bill, just introduced, requires employers to coordinate their hiring with the Department of Homeland Security which can check the legality of any potential employee within hours, if not within minutes.
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Missouri Senate Bill 348
State reform bill cracks down on illegal workers