Missouri troopers to check immigration status

| 8/28/2007

Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt has ordered state troopers to start checking the immigration status of everyone they arrest.

According to The Kansas City Star, Blunt cites an “unnatural influx” of illegal immigrants into the state as the reason behind his decision.

Blunt also cited the case of an illegal immigrant from Peru who’s charged with murdering three college students in New Jersey. Critics say that man – who’d been previously arrested for rape and assault – would have been in jail if police had checked his immigration status.