Immigrants stand up and fight for their rights at the state Capitol.
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Immigrants stand up and fight for their rights at the state Capitol.

Date: March 6, 2012
By: Ashley Hartman
State Capitol Bureau
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Immigrants from all over Missouri came to the Capitol building to fight against legislation they say will oppress their communities.
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Wrap:  The Council of American Islamic Relations led a rally of immigrants at the state Capitol. 

Protestors attacked Senator Will Kraus' legislation that would require a citizenship screening upon enrollment in schools.

Activist Jim Hacking got the crowd riled up about fighting for their place in society. 

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Description: "We are the forces of right. They know that we stand up for the people who need protection. They know that for every one of us there's one thousand more back home in our cities in Joplin, in Kansas City, in Columbia, and Saint Louis."

Kraus says the legislation aims to help the federal government enforce immigration and show the impact it has on the state of Missouri. 

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ashley Hartman.

Muslims rally against immigration legislation.
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Wrap: On the annual Immigration Advocacy Day, hundreds of immigrants attacked one senator's legislation that would directly impact their lives and families.

Bill Sponsor Senator Will Kraus says his legislation is not to be used for deportation or immigration enforcement.

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Description: "I believe that the federal government's failing to do their job enforcing immigration and I believe they need to step up and do their job."

It's unknown how the proposed legislation would restrict things like marriage and adoption. 

Kraus says the bill would simply show how Missouri taxpayers are impacted by paying to educate illegal citizens.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ashley Hartman.  

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