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Attorney General's News Release

March 15, 2010

Attorney General Koster updates Farmington community on undocumented worker concerns

--participates in bipartisan discussion regarding allegations of illegal workers on Farmington job site--

Farmington, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster today joined a bipartisan group of officials to update the community in Farmington on the Attorney General’s investigation into allegations of undocumented workers on a building site in the town.

Koster joined U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, Missouri Senate Majority Leader Kevin Engler, State Representative Linda Fischer and St. Francois County Commissioner Bret Burgess to provide an update in the case.

According to Koster, the state currently is seeking records from the contractors involved in the job, demanding the businesses provide proof that the workers they had employed were working legally in this country. Missouri law prohibits an employer from knowingly employing an unauthorized alien to perform work within the state of Missouri.

“Employers need to be reminded there is a severe consequence for breaking the law by hiring workers who are not authorized to work here,” Koster said. “The Attorney General’s office will continue to take an aggressive stance against employers who hire illegal workers.”

The Attorney General’s office is responsible for enforcing the 2008 law on undocumented workers. Since January 2009, the Attorney General’s office has investigated 22 complaints alleging the employment of illegal workers.

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