House Floor Legislation cracking down on illegal immigration is on its way to Governor Matt Blunt (R-MO) after being given final approval in the Missouri Senate.

Among other things, HB 1549 would require applicants for state benefits to provide proof of citizenship, residency, or lawful presence in order to receive those benefits. If applicants cannot provide this proof they could sign an affidavit attesting to their status and would be eligible to receive temporary benefits until their status can be determined.

The legislation also bars employers from knowingly hiring illegal aliens, with violators subject to the suspension of their business permits and licenses. And, Senator Scott Rupp (R-Wentzville), the Senate sponsor, says employers will be subject to fines if they fail to complete the required paperwork for employees.

In addition, the Department of Revenue would not issue any driver’s license to illegal aliens nor to anyone who could not prove lawful presence. Written tests for commercial licenses shall only be administered in English.