Saturday, November 06, 2010

Finally, some good politics from Missouri and Kansas

We haven't heard of too much good news from Missouri and Kansas this year.-KAS

Missouri, Kansas and 11 other state files brief in Arizona immigration case

The Star’s Jefferson City correspondent

JEFFERSON CITY | Missouri and Kansas were among 13 states this week to submit a legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting an Arizona immigration law.

The law, however, is not Arizona’s controversial Senate Bill 1070, passed last April and challenged by the federal government. That law is now before an appeals court.

Rather, the brief comes in response to a case against a 2007 Arizona law placing state sanctions on businesses that hire illegal immigrants.

Striking down the law could prevent other states from enforcing similar laws, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said in a statement.

“These laws are important to protecting our citizens, and they serve as a complement to existing federal laws,” Koster said Thursday.

The states’ brief does not make them a party to the case; it only establishes their position on the matter and offers another perspective for judges to consider.



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