Two hundred and two illegal immigrants have been detained in the seven months since Governor Matt Blunt launched a special directive back in August, according to his office.
“I am very pleased to report that the directive I issued to Missouri law enforcement last summer is cracking down on illegal immigration and sending a strong message that our state does not tolerate illegal activity," Blunt said.
Last summer, Gov. Blunt directed all state law enforcement agencies to verify the immigration status of anyone presented for incarceration.
This legislative session, the Governor is urging lawmakers to pass legislation that prevents illegals from obtaining driver's licenses, prohibits sanctuary cities, requires the verification of legal employment status of every public employee and cancels state contracts for contractors if they hire illegal immigrants.