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Follow-up on MIAC Post | Fired Up! Missouri
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Follow-up on MIAC Post

A few readers have asked about the release referenced by Van Godsey in the email to Henry Hershel referenced in a Thursday post.

Here is the paragraph on MIAC that Godsey appreciated in a release about fighting illegal immigration:

The governor also spotlighted his Missouri Information and Analysis Center as a resource for law enforcement. Blunt created the center in 2005 and it has now become both a regional and national example of information collection, analysis, and dissemination. Earlier this year the center played an important role in helping uncover and research illegal workers who had been employed by a state contractor.

And here's the full release:

US States News
September 20, 2007 Thursday 12:46 AM EST
GOV. BLUNT OFFERS SUPPORT FOR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT IN FIGHT AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
BYLINE: US States News
LENGTH: 842 words
DATELINE: HANNIBAL, Mo.

Gov. Matt Blunt, R-Mo., issued the following press release:

Gov. Matt Blunt today reached out to local law enforcement officials to offer support in their efforts in the fight against illegal immigration. Gov. Blunt discussed his recent directives to help curb illegal activity and outlined his plans to seek funding to help state and local law enforcement agencies pursue agreements with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to enforce immigration laws as federally deputized ICE agents.

"I recently directed state law enforcement agencies to take an even more active role in the fight against illegal immigration," Blunt wrote in a letter to county sheriffs and local police chiefs. "While directing state law enforcement agencies to undertake this effort, I have also heard from many local leaders who are interested in having this 287g designation as well. This letter reaffirms my support for any local request for that status. If you do choose to apply, we stand ready to assist you in your efforts. "

Blunt's administration is currently working with ICE for authority under Section 287g of the Immigration and Nationality Act to enforce immigration laws as federally deputized ICE agents. Participating officers will receive appropriate training from ICE and function in the field under the supervision of ICE officers.
Blunt directed his staff to examine the costs associated with the 287g designation to include all related expenses from training to implementation. He plans to seek funding in next year's budget to help state and local law enforcement agencies pursue the cooperative agreement and help enhance public safety.

The governor also spotlighted his Missouri Information and Analysis Center as a resource for law enforcement. Blunt created the center in 2005 and it has now become both a regional and national example of information collection, analysis, and dissemination. Earlier this year the center played an important role in helping uncover and research illegal workers who had been employed by a state contractor.

Last month Blunt announced state law enforcement agencies are working on an agreement that would deputize state troopers, Capitol Police, and water patrol officers to enforce federal laws and protect Missourians against illegal immigration. Missouri will be one of only seven states to have taken this important step to empower state law enforcement to effectively fight illegal activity. Blunt also directed all state law enforcement agencies to immediately take the steps necessary to verify the immigration status of every criminal presented for incarceration.

In addition he took significant steps to shield taxpayers' money from supporting building projects that employ illegal workers including:

  • Conducting random on-site inspections of all projects accompanied by the tax credit recipient to monitor and retrieve documentation regarding the legal status of all workers on the job. The inspections will include direct employees of the tax credit recipient, contracted or subcontracted agents and both general contractors and their subcontractors.
  • Performing a Compliance By Written Demand action for all tax credit recipients that requires all workers' proof of legal status including contractors and subcontractors to be submitted within 30 days of the date of the receipt of the written request.

Blunt is a strong advocate for protecting Missouri from illegal activity. He recently issued a letter to the Missouri Housing Development Commission outlining principles for the commission to consider regarding illegal immigration that include possible sanctions of up to a lifetime ban of contractors and developers who knowingly employ illegal immigrants in violation of federal law.

The letter follows the governor's tough stand against illegal immigration and workers. Earlier this year Gov. Blunt ousted a state contractor who hired illegal workers and ordered state agencies to enact a no tolerance policy through tough new contract protections.The governor cancelled the state's contract with Sam's Janitorial Services and barred them from doing further business with the state after local and federal law enforcement agencies identified dozens of suspected illegal immigrants working under falsified documents.

Blunt also authored the state's first directive to audit all contractors to ensure that the contract employees are legally eligible to work in the U.S. and to terminate contracts if it is determined a contractor employs illegal immigrants. He added tough provisions in state contracts to allow the state to immediately cancel contracts if it determines the contractor knowingly has employees not eligible to work in the U.S.and to require contractors to certify that all their employees meet state and federal employment eligibility requirements.

Letter to county sheriffs and local police chiefs addressing illegal immigration can be viewed at: http://www.gov.mo.gov/cgi-bin/coranto/attachments/ImmigrationLetter092007.pdf

Contact: Jessica Robinson, 573/751-0290.

 

 

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