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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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  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    February 23, 2011 at 5:55 p.m.

    Funny how few can control this agenda of so importance that this issue should be put to a vote on the floor.

  • Edski
    February 23, 2011 at 5:57 p.m.

    I will remember these "politicians" when it's time to vote again. How ignorant are they? The elderly can't get proper care but these bozos are willing to waste it on criminals. The key word is "illegal" remember that!

  • reggie87
    February 23, 2011 at 6:02 p.m.

    It is NOT a felony to be in this country without documents. In fact, it is not even a crime! (Unless you have previously been deported and then re-entered.) It is a civil violation only. Just goes to show how ignorant most of you racists are.

    You people who push all this crap are cast in the exact same mold as the racist southerners who fiercely opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But it passed anyway, and all those racists who fought it so fiercely . . . well, they just died (all mad about it).

    The same shall happen to you, and then a younger, more educated and open-minded society will embrace these immigrants for the wonderful people that MOST of them are.

    Charliebrown, I think you best start learning Spanish!!

    Good job, legislators.

  • reggie87
    February 23, 2011 at 6:07 p.m.

    Hahahaha, Charliebrown, you are a real piece of work. I'm looking at your spelling there, and I think Spanish is out of the question for you. Better work a few more years on English first!

  • charliebrown717
    February 23, 2011 at 6:07 p.m.

    LILI 1992....MAYBE SOME DO BUT MOST OF THEM CLAIM 5 TO 8 KIDS TO GET MORE MONEY COMING TO THE HOUSE....I ALSO AM RELATED TO A PERSON THAT WORKED WITH SOME OF THEM UNTIL THEY WERE RAIDED BY ...INS... YES SOME DO BUT THE MAJORITY OF THE ILLIGALS NEVER FILE TAXES... AND IF YOU SEE MOST OF THE ILLIGALS ARE IN CONSTRUCTION SO GUESS WHAT....THEY GET PAID CASH.....SO NO...TAXES.....LEACHES....LEACHES...LEACHES....PAUL HARVEY ONCE SAID THE ILLIGALS HERE IN AMERICA COST TAX PAYERS MORE THAN THE IRAQ WAR......NOT COUNTING ALL THE CRIME THEY POSE ON THE AMERICAN CITIZENS.....

  • charliebrown717
    February 23, 2011 at 6:19 p.m.

    FOR ONE I'M NOT A RACIST I AM AN AMERICAN TAX PAYING CITIZEN....AND I WILL NEVER SPEAK SPANISH AND THEY'RE IN AMERICAN THEY NEED TO SPEAK ENGLISH....AND HOW COME THEY SAY IT OVER AND OVER ON FOX NEWS ....IT IS A FELLONLY TO BE IN THIS COUNTRY ILLIGALY......ANY TIME IT IS BROUGHT UP IN THE NEWS IT IS SAID OVER AND OVER THAT IS IS A FELLON TO BE HERE.....I HAVE RENTAL PROPERTY AND I REFUSE TO RENT TO PEOPLE THAT CAN'T SHOW ME THAT THEY CAN WORK IN THIS COUNTRY LEAGALY....I PAY TAXES AND I EXPECT THE PEOPLE THAT ARE LIVEING IN AND GETTING THE BENIFITS TO SUPPORT THE GOVERNMENT.....AND THEY WANT TO FLY THEIR FLAG ABOVE THE AMERICAN FLAG.....NO WAY.....THAT IS DISRESPECT TO THE COUNTRY THEY ARE GETTING HELP FROM.......THEY WANT A NEW LIFE ....HOW DOES IT GO...WHEN YOUR IN ROME DO AS ROMANS DO....YOU WANT A NEW LIFE YOU WOULD THINK THEY WOULD WANT TO FIT IN... NO THEY DO THEIR BEST TO PROTEST THE SAME COUNTRY THEY WANT TO COME TO LIVE IN....IF THEY WANT TO LIVE AS MEXICANS DO THEN STAY IN MEXICO.....DON'T BRING THEIR CRIME AND TRASH HERE...AND GET PAPERS......I DON'T CARE THAT THEIR HERE JUST GO ABOUT IT THE CORRECT WAY THAT WAY IF YOU DO A CRIME YOU CAN BE JUDGED BY AN AMERICAN COURT.....NOT RUN BACK TO MEXICO AND NEVER BE CAUGHT...

  • Coralie
    February 23, 2011 at 6:27 p.m.

    reggie87, muy bueno.

  • charliebrown717
    February 23, 2011 at 6:28 p.m.

    WELL I WENT TO COLLEGE FOUR YRS. TO BECOME A MECHANICAL ENG.. NOT AN ENGILSH TEACHER....I CAN CARE LESS IF MY WORDS ARE SPELLED RIGHT...ATLEAST I'M AN AMERICAN CITIZEN TODAY AND I WILL STILL BE AN AMERICAN CITIZEN TOMORROW AND I WILL STILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO COMPLAIN ABOUT WHERE MY TAX DOLLARS ARE SPENT...I WILL NOT BOW DOWN TO ANY LAW THAT GIVES RIGHT TO A PERSON THAT IS HERE WITH OUT PAPERS AS IT WAS PUT....MY PEOPLE CAME FROM FRANCE AND WE LEARNED TO SPEAK ENGLISH......THEN I EXPECT NO LESS FROM THE FUTURE IMMAGRANTS..LEARN TO SPEAK ENGLISH....AND GET HERE LIKE ANY OTHER PERSON FROM ANY OTHER COUNTRY....IF I GO TO ANOTHER COUNTRY I DO MY BEST TO SPEAK THEIR LANGUAGE NOT START A RIOT AND GET THEM TO CONFORM TO MY WAYS....YOUR IN AMERICA YOU DO AS AMERICANS DO.....YOU WANY A BETTER LIFE THEN DON'T BRING YOUR TRASH WITH YOU....

  • crowne2_lycos-com
    February 23, 2011 at 6:52 p.m.

    you are wrong, reggie87, and if that 87 is the year you were born, then no wonder! It is a crime to be in the country without going through the proper channels, CRIME! If you are lucky enough to live as long or as well as Mr. Brown, you will learn! By the way, reg, pay your taxes so they can live as well as an American! I won't.

  • charliebrown717
    February 23, 2011 at 7 p.m.

    reggie.....i can set on my butt all month and make more than the average person working a 40 hr. week.... that's not includeing my rental property...so i could care less how my words are spelled.....i make my money and i pay my taxes... and i have put my time in college....so i do not want my taxes to go to people that are not here legaly...i don't care that they are here.....i just want them to get here the right way.....i have to pay for my medical then why should the illigals get it free.....i have never been on welfare i have never had my housing paid by the government....why should people that are here illegal get that privilege.....that sounds like dumbama's health care.....the american citizens paying for the illigals medical.....and it's just not mexicans....OBAMA'S aunt is still here on welfare and on government housing.....so that is the reason he hasn't done anything about illgals then he would have to have his aunt removed.....

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