- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- One of Cape's oldest mom-and-pop restaurants opens in new location (10/10/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
Investigating legal status
To the editor:Local police of cities, counties and states in many instances are barred from questioning people about their legal right to be in the United States. This should be changed.
Am I advocating that people of different ethnic groups should be stopped and questioned merely because of their background? Of course not. However, any sworn law enforcement officer should be allowed to look into a suspected crime and hold a suspect for turnover to proper jurisdiction.
We should all request our elected representatives at the federal level do their duty in this matter as outlined in the constitution.
At the same time, we need to call on our state representatives and senators to make being within the respective state illegally a state crime punishable by fines, incarceration and deportation.
There should also be hefty fines and imprisonment for those who knowingly or negligently hire, harbor, or assist illegals except for food and water.
John P. Fitts, Noel, Mo.