Ashley Hartman, KMOX Capitol Bureau

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) –  Several hundred protestors from all over Missouri came to the Capitol building Tuesday to fight against legislation they say will oppress immigrant communities in the state.

The Council of American Islamic Relations led the rally, attacking legislation sponsored by Senator Will Kraus, that would require citizenship screening upon enrollment in schools.

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

“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.”

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

“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.

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