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Mo. troopers agree to revised immigration checks

By Tony Messenger
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Politicians were turning up the heat on undocumented workers in the summer of 2007. The issue dominated the airwaves From Jefferson City to Washington, and elected officials fell over themselves trying to outdo their opponents in proving they were tough on illegal immigration.

That August, then-Gov. Matt Blunt ordered members of the Missouri Highway Patrol to check the immigration status of each person arrested by troopers. It was the sort of move emblematic of the national debate, with state officials taking action while Congress punted on comprehensive immigration reform.

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