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Some Pennsylvania Lawmakers Seek To Cut Benefit to Illegal Immigrants

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Pennsylvania Senate this week passed and sent to the House a pair of bills intended to cut off benefits to illegal aliens in Pennsylvania.

One bill passed by the Senate would require proof of citizenship or legal presence to receive welfare, food stamps, medical assistance or any other public benefits in Pennsylvania.

“Just to ensure that taxpayer funded benefits are going to those people who are actually eligible to receive the benefits. There is obviously a limited pool of tax dollars,” says Erik Arneson, a spokesman for Senate Republicans.

Arneson says this bill is similar to a measure passed by the Senate in the last session that was never taken up by the House, which was then controlled by Democrats.

In the current session, the outcome may be different, with the GOP controlling both chambers. The Senate also has sent to the House a bill that would require employers with state contracts to use the federal “E-Verify” database to make sure their workers are in the country legally.

Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio

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  • Ron

    The only thing we should give illegals is a box lunch and a damn one way ticket.

    • Johan

      Many of these illegals come here legally on work visa and overstay their welcome. Stop the work visa progam and you will have most of the problem solved. However republicans are against that approach.

    • Nostromo

      While ‘surcharging’ them to the extent of their assets to defray the costs involved.

    • Anonymous

      I totally agree. They come over here, live a TAX FREE life, and the only people who suffer are us Tax Payers. And a lot of our own people here in America can’t even GET benefits that they need to feed their children and keep a roof over their heads because the ‘illegals’ are using it all up to start their businesses with OUR money. No wonder they call this place the ‘land of opportunity’. Only, the opportunities are for the illegals, NOT FOR US!! Sorry. I’m kind of bitter about this subject. LOL

  • luis

    that is a good idea

  • grumpy

    Exactly what part of ILLEGAL don’t people understand? How can ILLEGAL’S get LEGAL benefits???????? No wonder there is nothing left for the safety net for disadvantaged AMERICANS!

  • Zzbar

    Everyone in the Senate and everyone in the House (if you pass this bill), got my vote. Its about time someone has b*lls. (and thats not bills).

  • Linda

    How do illegals get assistance in ANY STATE if they do not have credentials. I’ve known hospitols to turn AMERICANS BORN HERE away because they didn’t have insurance. What is up with the states giving our tax dollars up so freely ???

  • amado

    Yes, it’s definitely a hard road for the disadvantaged.

    • Nostromo

      Mexico’s wide-open and lawless. Besides the whooping cough they’re bringing the same misery and lawlessness with them when they crimigrate here.

  • Tyred

    This is long overdue. Let’s hope that the Bill is actually passed and that common sense will prevail for a change!

  • johan

    As far as healt care goes, I believe everyone should prove not only are they a citizen,but that they also have the ability to pay for the service. I am tired of paying for all of these freeloaders who come to te hospital with a cough and expect me to pay for them.

  • gmon 8

    Kudos for effort. All local, state and federal levels should follow suit. It is time to stop spending money we do not have. If we did not give out so many freebies we would not have so many illegals here. We need a system to check citizenship, etc. and give benefits to those who qualify, not anyone who shows up with their hand out. There should also be some stipulations that apply to those whose can work , but are too lazy to work when freebies offer more gain without effort. Honesty should be paramount, unfortunately, there is too little character or pride in oneself anymore.

  • Obey the law

    some Pa lawmakers????….what about the remaining elected offiicials who are supposed to be watching out how our taxes are spent…..are you kidding…….this vote should be a no brainer when we are asking teachers, police, and other groups to take cutbacks……how about cutting the salarties of those who don;t support this as a way to contunue to fund these illegal immigrants.

  • Ray

    How about using armericans hard earned and paid tax money for americans???? There is an idea..

  • Bob Fisher

    yes!!!finally!!!!!!a victory for the legal american person possibly!!!!!!!!

  • Eli

    It’s about time!

  • Nostromo

    “Some Pennsylvania Lawmakers”?

    What about unanimity?

  • Lucy

    They should never have had benifits in the first place

    • Nostromo

      Hear, hear

      • Anonymous

        I second that ‘hear, hear’.

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