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A House panel has rejected a proposal to ban most state services for illegal immigrants in non-emergency situations.

The House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday rejected a proposal by Republican Rep. Jon Hubbard of Jonesboro. Hubbard’s bill would ban state benefits for illegal immigrants except during emergencies or when life-saving measures are required. The measure failed on a 9-8 vote.

Hubbard argued his bill would cut off services that he says are drawing illegal immigrants to the state. He had amended the bill to allow prenatal care for illegal immigrants, but state health officials said they were worried it would pose a health risk to the state by cutting off immunization and testing.

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  • john1958
    February 23, 2011 at 4:32 p.m.

    NO LEADERSHIP IN THIS STATE AT ALL. Perfect example of a bunch of liberal fools at the statehouse. We should NEVER vote for a tax increase again!

  • kfoste
    February 23, 2011 at 4:35 p.m.

    WHAT THE HELL ARE WE GIVING ILLEGALS WELFARE? YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING! THEY CUT OURS AND GIVE IT TO THEM! NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • gruntpain1775_yahoo.com
    February 23, 2011 at 4:40 p.m.

    Why do people keep voting these democraps in office? They do NOT care about this state!

  • PHHater
    February 23, 2011 at 5:09 p.m.

    Buying votes?

  • Philosopherick
    February 23, 2011 at 5:26 p.m.

    It strikes me that people who want to give benefits to ILLEGAL ALIENS hove no more respect for our laws than the aliens themselves. Bleed the people who support the system to take care of those who would steal from our system. This makes the legislators accessories before and after the fact to grand theft (in the billions).

  • capt44
    February 23, 2011 at 5:45 p.m.

    The legislators have a saying, Do unto others before they do unto you!

  • lili1992
    February 23, 2011 at 5:48 p.m.

    OMG people without education listen to you speaking. and yes illigals not all but many of them do pay taxes they are giving a number from IRS and they do their annual taxes. How do I know this, well I help some of them fill out their papers. So go and get inform before saying something in which you are ignorant about.

  • tawcat
    February 23, 2011 at 5:50 p.m.

    It is time that "we the people" take back our states and our country. The citizens, born and raised, are no longer the priority of our lawmakers. They (lawmakers) are only looking out for themselves and the votes that put them in office. No longer can we stand aside and watch them undermine and corrupt our system. They take from us, yet they will vote unanimously to give themselves a raise.

  • charliebrown717
    February 23, 2011 at 5:51 p.m.

    WHY ISN'T AN....INS.... OFFICER STANDING AT THE WELFARE OFFICE TO TAKE THESE LEACHES BACK TO THE BOARDER..... THEY CUT OUR BENIFITS AND HAVE NO PROBLEM GIVEING THEM TO A PERSON THAT IS A FELLON...YES IT IS A FELLONY TO BE IN THIS COUNTRY ILLGAL.... BUT OUR GOVERNMENT HAS NO PROBLEM GIVING THEM THE AMERICAN TAXER PAYERS MONEY....B/S...B/S.....I NEVER SAID MY TAX DOLLARS COULD GO TO ILLGALS....I CAN'T GET MEDICAL CARE BUT SOMEBODY THAT HAS NEVER PAID TAXES CAN GET HELP WITH NO PROBLEM.....THEY COME HERE ILLGALLY AND GET TO LIVE....WE GO TO MEXICO WE GET KILLED...

  • charliebrown717
    February 23, 2011 at 5:53 p.m.

    WE SHOULD SEND OUR The House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee TO MEXICO....LET THEM SEE HOW AN ILLIGAL SHOULD HAVE TO LIVE....WHO GIVES THEM THE RIGHT TO GIVE THE AMERICAN TAXES TO AN ILLIGAL.....NOWHERE DOES IT SAY THAT A PERSON HERE IN THE COUNTRY ILLIGALLY CAN GET GOVERNMENT FUNDING....IF YOUR HERE ILLIGALLY YOUR A FELLON......

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