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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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  • KittyDigitize
    February 25, 2011 at 7:40 a.m.

    *STANDING on a chair applauding 'Brittanicus'. Populist, you didn't even understand two thirds of what Brittanicus was posting. The coin phrase here is "ILLEGALS". IT has nothing to do with the color of ones skin. And YES the children need to be tossed back over the fence too. They are being used as a TOOL by both sides. AND.. many of the "hard-working poor" don't scrub floors and pick our crops. Quite a few are big business owners. WHY do you people insist on believing that ALL who come across that border are poor? I have 2 families here in my neighborhood who paid CASH for their 2800 sq. ft. homes! CASH... they sold their ranches in Mexico for US Dollars, came over ILLEGALLY and were able to purchase large homes and several cars. They live 22 to one home. They throw their garbage outside to rot in big piles where their dogs can toss it everywhere. When the cars break, they strip them leaving a shell and move on to the next running vehicle and the weeds and grass grow over the broken vehicle.

    Meanwhile, the property values of homes surrounding these families continues to plunge and DID SO BEFORE the financial crises!

    To one who posted above: If your so worried about small pox, which isn't an issue, and the illegals who might bring it in, than you answered your own question. NO ILLEGALS. Typhoid and Typhus and Hepatitis from drug use are a more apparent danger. But then, this puts our emergency room staff in danger too. Heaven forbid this should happen, who would tend to the ILLEGALS??

    Brittanicus, the heavily fortified gang MS-13 has been identified as part of the siege of southern Arizona. WHEN will Governor Brewer send the troops in to eradicate the vermin? Why hasn't she done so YET? What has her running scared of her own constitution?

    Everyone do your homework and drop the bleeding heart LIBERAL stance. Of course, nothing has happened to you yet, therefore you don't see anything wrong with any of this. Study or web search "MS-13".

    Since we have SO MANY who want to afford the ILLEGALS the benefits of being an American, why don't YOU trade places with them and save us all the tax dollars? Yeah... that's an answer. EVERYONE who wants the ILLEGALS to stay, find an ILLEGAL, hand them the keys to your home, apartment, cars, your bank account passwords, ATM PIN numbers and all... everything you own that YOU HAVE FREE ACCESS TO AS AN AMERICAN and take their place in Mexico. It would save the PATRIOTS of AMERICA thousands of dollars in tax bills and we can teach our new AMERICAN friends how to live properly here in the US by taking OUT of the equation those who would TOSS IT ALL AWAY.

    I am willing to bet a more gracious ILLEGAL might arise thankful for such a welcome. Go ahead... I DARE YOU. SPREAD the wealth you so heartily voted for and live up to your mantra.

  • Jjackk
    February 25, 2011 at 9:21 a.m.

    Wow talking about a high horse.

  • Populist
    February 25, 2011 at 9:51 a.m.

    KittyDigitize,

    We need comprehensive immigration reform so that everybody who is here will sign up and take the steps to become naturalized. Criminals should be kept out, but we cannot find out who they are if we don't have everybody counted. We need the cooperation of the illegal community to identify these people. Many of the people who come here are fleeing corrupt and dangerous areas as much as they are seeking job opportunities. I don't think the illegals should be handed anything. They should have to pass an English test, pay a fine (installment payments will be accepted), pass a citizenship test, and have no criminal record.

    We already are reaping the benefits of them being here. They bring in our crops and perform many jobs which we will not do for very little in wages. Every day they come into the neighborhood where I live and clean homes, landscape, and paint houses etc. My neighborhood would not be as beautiful as it is without them. While I am not going to give them everything I have, I do not mind that some of the exorbitantly high taxes I pay go to making sure that their children have a decent education and basic healthcare.

  • mrstan
    March 4, 2011 at 11:09 a.m.

    Please report which representatives voted for the services for illegal aliens. These will be targeted for removal on next election.

    Everyone, plesase note who these crooks are and lets get them out of there... they obviously can not make governing decisions for our state.

    No jobs or state aid for these criminals in our country / State.

    We have to get these liberal reps out of office before it is too late. They will push for the illegals to vote, and then it is all over.

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