Missouri senator wants state to sue feds on immigration

Thursday, January 26, 2012 | 7:37 a.m. CST; updated 9:13 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 16, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY — A Republican state senator wants Missouri's attorney general to sue the federal government for not adequately enforcing immigration laws.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Will Kraus, of Lee's Summit, would have the Missouri auditor calculate how much illegal immigrants cost local and state agencies. The measure would allow the attorney general to sue the federal government for those costs.

Kraus told a Senate panel Wednesday he wants to send the federal government a message that illegal immigrants are costing the state taxpayer dollars. His proposal would have to be approved by voters if it passes the General Assembly.

Immigrant rights groups say immigration authorities have stepped up enforcement significantly over the last three years and that a lawsuit would be unnecessary.

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mike mentor January 26, 2012 | 2:33 p.m.

This should have been done by every state by now. The Federal Government was formed for one main purpose. To provide security for the collective states. It has failed to do it's duty. Unfortunately, it looks like they have chosen politics over their expressed duty, so sue 'em...

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