Senate Bill 64
Right now SJR18 is #48 out of 62 bills that are scheduled for debate on the Senate floor.
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE MIKE CUNNINGHAM: SJR18 Creates new requirements relating to the verification of the immigration status of certain persons
This constitutional amendment, if approved by the voters, would require all state and local law enforcement officers to make a reasonable attempt to verify the immigration status of any person stopped, detained, or arrested in the course of the enforcement of any state or local law if reasonable suspicion exists that such person is unlawfully present in the United States. Such verification shall be made by contacting the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Furthermore, any person who is arrested shall have his or her immigration status verified prior to being released.
A law enforcement officer may not solely consider race, color, or national origin in implementing the provisions of this amendment. Additionally, any person shall be presumed to be lawfully present in the United States if such person provides one of the following forms of identification:
• A valid Missouri driver's license;
• A valid Missouri non-driver's license; or
• Any valid United States, state, or local government issued form of identification.
ATTEND THE PUBLIC HEARING
Senate Transport, Infrastructure, Public Safety Committee Public Hearing is Thursday 3/7 @ 8:20am in the Senate Lounge
CONTACT SENATORS ON THE COMMITTEE - TODAY - VIA EMAIL OR PHONE (see scripts below)
Please contact Senators on Transport, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee and let them know that SJR18 is unacceptable for our community:
CHAIR Senator Doug Libla (R) — Call (573) 751-4843
District 25 – Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Shannon, and Stoddard`
VICE-CHAIR Gary Romine (R) — Call (573) 751-4008
District 3 – Iron, Reynolds, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Washington, and Part of Jefferson County
Senator Justin Brown (R) — Call (573) 751-5713
District 16 – Camden, Crawford, Dent, Phelps, and Pulaski
Senator S. Kiki Curls (D) — (573) 751-3158
District 9 – Part of Jackson County
Senator Bill Eigel (R) — (573) 751-1141
District 23 – Part of St. Charles County
Senator Cindy O’Laughlin (R) — (573) 751-7985
District 18 – Adair, Chariton, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Macon, Marion, Pike, Ralls, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, and Shelby
Senator Brian Williams (D) — (573) 751-4106
District 14 – Part of St. Louis County
Hello Senator ________, I am calling you to ask if you would support the suspension of Senate Joint Resolution 18. I find this resolution harmful and offensive because it will result in the racial profiling of brown and black immigrants.
Research shows that these kinds of bills not only result in lawsuits that cost the state millions of dollars (such as Arizona and Alabama) but they also drive away hard-working Dreamers from the state, costing millions in tax dollars. Immigrants are good for our state, please stand up for the welcoming values of Missouri and suspend SJR18.
Dear Senator ________:
On behalf of the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA), I am writing to respectfully request you to vote against Senate Joint Resolution 18 (SJR18).
SJR18 creates new requirements relating to the verification of the immigration status of folks stopped by local law enforcement ‘if reasonable suspicion exists’. MIRA believes that SJR18 will:
Impact the civil liberties of black and brown immigrants through racial profiling
Makes communities unsafe because of lack of trust of law enforcement
Will cost the state millions of dollars in lawsuits and lost tax revenue
This resolution provides Missouri with an ugly image and further accentuates the perception that our state is racist. Missouri is a welcoming state, and welcoming immigrants is good for our state. I ask that you make this clear, as a Senator, by suspending SJR18 immediately.
If you have questions or would like to discuss this further, please contact me at (phone and or email).