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Missouri Joins States' Rush to Tackle Immigration

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Illegal immigration is again on the radar as Missouri lawmakers prepare for the start of the 2008 legislative session on Wednesday.

More than a half-dozen legislators have filed, ordered or floated ideas to restrict illegal immigrants and their employers.

Representative Charles Portwood calls it "an epidemic."  The Ballwin Republican is sponsoring a measure, too, after getting e-mails from constituents.

The bill he's pushing would mandate immigration status checks when people are arrested for felonies, hired by government agencies, or apply for many public benefits.

Separate measures filed in the House and Senate would prevent illegal immigrants from wiring money overseas, bar them from enrolling at colleges and fine their employers.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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