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Illegal Immigration: An Issue for the Feds or for Local Government in Missouri?

June 18th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

Interview with Springfield City Councilman Doug Burlison

Few issues are as polarizing or emotional as illegal immigration. Over 10 million people are estimated to reside in the United States illegally right now with another 500,000 entering the country illegally each year, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.

Over 100 communities of various sizes in America have considered or enacted local ordinances and laws to deal with this issue. Among those communities is Springfield, where City Councilman Doug Burlison has announced his support for a proposal that would, if enacted, would focus on penalties for employers who knowingly hire illegal workers.

The proposal was announced shortly after federal agents raided a poultry plant in southwest Missouri and detained over 100 workers believed to be in the country illegally. Burlison’s proposal has been the subject of some very heated debate in the media.

In this interview, Burlison discusses the purpose of his proposal and why he feels it is needed at the local level. Read more…



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