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By a vote of 117 to 38, the Missouri House gave first round approval to legislation that would require public universities to verify to the House and Senate appropriations committees that they have not admitted any students who are in the country illegally. The bill would also make it illegal to admit those individuals as students. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
The bill sponsor is Jerry Nolte, a Republican who represents a part of suburban Kansas City.
He says the state needs to do a better job of making sure universities are following federal immigration guidelines that prohibit higher education institutions from admitting individuals who are in the country illegally.
He says forcing them to verify their enrollment procedures to the appropriations committees will make sure that all universities are upholding the law.
During debate on the bill, several lawmakers raised concerns about the message this bill would send to students of different ethnic backgrounds.
Democrat John Burnett represents portions of Kansas City.
The bill sponsor, Jerry Nolte disputes the notion that his bill creates a racially charged atmosphere.
Nolte says allowing people who are in the country illegally to attend college gives them false hopes of becoming a part of American society after they graduate.
Some lawmakers raised concerns about putting university administrators in the position of verifying the immigration status of potential students.
Democratic Representative Patricia Yaeger of St Louis.
The bill faces a final vote in the House...If approved, it would move to the senate.