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story.lead_photo.caption Jeannie Burlsworth (at right) and Brean Schoultz, both with Secure Arkansas, sort through boxes of signed petitions on Friday, July 2, 2010, at the Secretary of State's office. - Photo by Karen E. Segrave

A group aiming to deny government benefits to illegal aliens turned in its petition slate Friday in an attempt to get its proposed constitutional amendment on the Nov. 2 general election ballot in Arkansas.

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 07/03/2010

Print Headline: 78,211 signatures filed in anti-alien ballot bid


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  • Testingonetwothree
    July 3, 2010 at 6:34 a.m.

    "deny government benefits to illegal aliens"
    Duh, that should be a no brainer, there shouldnt need to be a petition
    We need government IDs

    Of course "Illegal Alien" is not a term used anymore its now "Undocumented Democrat"

  • Testingonetwothree
    July 3, 2010 at 6:45 a.m.

    federal law already bans illegal aliens from receiving the benefits targeted by the Secure Arkansas measure.....then why/how are they getting them, thru the use of false ids.....

    July 3, 2010 at 7:19 a.m.

    and "dufus" is now used to describe most cons

  • twkmaster
    July 3, 2010 at 8:40 a.m.

    That means that ol' Dustin only needs to disqualify 744 to keep it off the ballot.

  • NoUserName
    July 3, 2010 at 9:16 a.m.

    Hmm, no problem in principle with this. However, two instances of dealing with Arkansans leads me to believe it won't be cut and dry. My wife was born not in the US. She became a US citizen many years ago. Last year, when she went to vote, the people there refused her *US PASSPORT* as identification. After the birth of our daughter a few months back, my wife thought perhaps it was time to change her last name (she didn't after we got married). The people at the SS office downtown *insisted* she needed her naturalization certificate & that a *US PASSPORT* was not good enough. Both are obviously very incorrect. If people around here don't know that a US passport is legal identification - and not just legal identification, it's the gold standard in ID - how can they be trusted to enforce the things this initiative states?

  • rememberthealamo
    July 3, 2010 at 9:51 a.m.

    It is a shame that it took a grass roots organization to mount an effort to protect Arkansans, especially the poor, elderly, children and the disabled. We keep hearing about budget cutbacks in state government yet state employees do not make sure that they are giving the benefits to U. S. Citizens and legal resident aliens that are naturalizing. The taxpayers in this state cannot afford to pay all the expenses involved providing services to illegals the rest of their lives. The federal government promised to protect our boarders and they have failed miserable. The governor is suppose to serve arkansans but instead has sided with illegals and their special interest groups. Never have I seen a political party "The Demoncrats" that is hellbent on ending life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as we use to know it. Everyone that votes in November needs to remind Beebe that there is a price to be paid for taking sides with the illegal aliens instead of the U. S. Citizens in Arkansas. I say U. S. Citizens because illegals always get referred to as arkansas residents by Beebe and the demoncrats as well as some of the RINO republicans. I think Beebe has a political future . . .in Mexico. As for the grass roots organization, I recommend that red blooded patriotic U. S. Citizens follow them online and if you missed signing the petition the first time, you need to sign the second time the petition is passed around. Think about your future, the future of your children and love ones. I can promise you if we do not draw a line in the sand and take a stand the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will be a distant dream.

  • Jfish1
    July 3, 2010 at 10:51 a.m.

    Don't stop now. If you have not signed the petition, get online and find out where you can go to sign it. Illegal immigration and the BP oil leak need to be addressed right now, they are costing our country millions of dollars per day. We must show the Federal Government that the vast majority, including legal aliens, want our borders secured and the illegals removed. In 20 years, we will be in the same shape as California and Arizona, so we need to act now because it is obvious that the president and congress are not going to act on our behalf anytime soon.

  • aimee
    July 3, 2010 at 1:15 p.m.

    I refused to sign this petition... These people take government benefits because they are forced to hide in this country -- benefitting no one... Instead of putting limits on immigrants, we need to allow all who want to to come in so they can be screened properly... Coming in legally would allow them to contribute to our economy instead of hiding in its shadows.. When we make it difficult for immigrants to enter our country, we actually encourage them to come in illegally...both the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly... We need to open our borders making the process more transparant and beneficial to everyone...

    July 3, 2010 at 2:47 p.m.

    If you are an engineer from India, highly educated, productive and want to come to the U.S., get in line. If you are an uneducated, semi-productive, works for cash, latino, come on up, we'll take care of you and your family for free! What is wrong with this picture?

  • rememberthealamo
    July 3, 2010 at 3:43 p.m.

    Apparently aimee is not a taxpayer and/or has not lost a family member to an illegal alien that was "forced" to come here.