A growing list of states are introducing legislation that will restrict illegal aliens from receiving services, Colorado is the latest. In a rush signing Rep. Dave Schultheis got 21 members of the Republican party to sign onto House Bill 1271 in order to make the deadline.
Rocky Mountain News
Twenty-one House Republicans signed on to a bill introduced Monday that would bar illegal immigrants from state benefits such as lower college tuition and health care.
House Bill 1271 would allow state or county services only to people who are legal U.S. residents.
Under the measure, illegal immigrants would be barred from all services except K-12 education, police and fire protection, emergency health services or prison time. Federal law requires states to provide K-12 schooling and emergency care to everyone, including illegal immigrants.
Rep. Dave Schultheis, R-Colorado Springs, said he doesn't want the bill to be viewed as "anti-illegal alien" but rather as a measure to ensure that more residents have access to services.
"Every dollar of state services that is spent on people who are in the state illegally means one less dollar for the citizens and legal immigrants in Colorado," Schultheis said. "I want to make sure that our hardworking taxpayers and law-abiding residents are not losing out because the state's resources are being dispensed inappropriately."
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