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A Republican lawmaker is trying to stop the Missouri Department of Higher Education from extending eligibility for a scholarship program to qualifying high school graduates who are in the country illegally.

The immigration debate

Aug 14, 2014
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This summer, President Obama has lobbied Congress to enact immigration reforms, with the hope of reducing illegal immigration and streamlining the process through which people move to the United States. Much of the discussion has centered around children immigrating to the US from Central and South America, who often come unaccompanied with the hope that their families will be able to join them at a later date. This week on Global Journalist, we look at the issue of immigration, the current discourse surrounding it, and what could happen next. Our guests:

Proposed Mo. bill to have employers check employees' legal status

Apr 25, 2013
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The Missouri House has approved legislation requiring employers to use a federal system for checking potential employees' legal resident status.

Missouri already requires public and private employers that receive loans, contracts or grants from the state to participate in a federal work authorization program. The bill would extend the requirement to all Missouri employers.

Immigrant advocacy groups in Missouri say that while they are pleased the US Supreme Court struck down most of a controversial Arizona immigration policy, they remain concerned about a provision that had the support of the justices.

The five-to-three ruling on Monday allowed Arizona law enforcement officials to check the papers of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally. Opponents say that will lead to biased policing.

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It’s a long way from Forget-Me-Not Farms to the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka.