Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Bill limits aid for illegal workers


House panel OKs measure to deny services to immigrants who lack documentation

A bill designed to keep undocumented immigrants from getting public assistance or health-care services was approved Tuesday by the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.


Voting on House Bill 1383, which now will go to the full House for a second-reading vote, comes at a time lawmakers in several other states are debating the same issue: How to deal with the growing number of undocumented immigrants who have flocked to the United States in search of jobs.


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I really do not like this bill. I agree with Rep. John Aguilera, D-East Chicago who said "In my opinion, we're headed in the wrong direction," (The bill to block access to public assistance)"appears to be mean-spirited and directed at the Hispanic community," he said. "There is nothing in the bill that deals with the businesses and employers hiring these workers."

That's the problem. One cannot fault the migrants for coming here to try to find a better life. Many of them are exploited by companies who are too cheap to to pay legal workers. The fines paid by employers who hire illegal immigrants are not stiff enough to penalize them financially.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Colorado Health Insurance said...

Great blog I hope we can work to build a better health care system as we are in a major crisis and health insurance is a major aspect to many.

January 26, 2006  
Blogger indygirl said...

What an awful bill! Rep. Aguilera is absolutely right.

January 26, 2006  
Anonymous lawgeekgurl said...

I blame the advancement of thisi bill on Eric Miller and Advance Indiana, which is filled with not only homophobes but xenophobes.

January 26, 2006  
Blogger Moulton said...

Trillions for war-making, but not one cent for healing.

This is the 'Democracy' we seek to export to Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Texas, and North Korea.

January 26, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...

The article said that proponents speaking out were 3 to 1 in favor of the bill. That may be the advance indiana people's influence.

I did not like the tone of the star article either. They called them "illegals" in the headline. I thought that was a bit pejorative.

January 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but if we called them "people" or "illegal immigrants" that might make them seem...human.

And then we might actually think they deserved medical services...


can't have that!

~eb

January 26, 2006  
Anonymous Kevin said...

lawgeekgurl,
Not to split hairs, but Advance Indiana is an excellent blog by Gary Welsh, exposing Eric Miller for the bigoted fraud he is.
http://www.advanceindiana.blogspot.com/

Advance AMERICA is Eric Miller's despicable organization.

January 26, 2006  
Anonymous kevin said...

lawgeekgurl,
Not to split hairs, but Advance Indiana is an excellent blog by Gary Welsh, exposing Eric Miller for the bigoted fraud he is.
http://www.advanceindiana.blogspot.com/

Advance AMERICA is Eric Miller's despicable organization.

January 26, 2006  
Blogger lemming said...

This is one of those problems for which there's no tidy solution. Most Americans don't want to do the jobs performed by illegal workers. On the other hand, [insert economic argument of your choosing.] My feeling is that we ought to err on the side of compassion. To paraphrase the words of Catherine Waynick, Bishop of Indianapolis, when I am called before God, I'd rather He charge me with being too compassionate rather than too restrictive.

January 26, 2006  
Blogger Toad734 said...

I would say you are both right. The tax payers shouldn't have to pay for illegal immigrants when big companies are the ones benefiting from them. Either make the companies pay million dollar fines for each offense or make them flim the bill for any services used by illegal immigrants

January 26, 2006  
Anonymous lawgeekgurl said...

ooh, sorry to Gary then. Didn't mean to tar him with the Eric Miller brush. I'd shower if I was tarred with that brush. A lot.

So, with an enrollment generously placed at something like 44,000, Eric Miller claims to speak for all of America? Or is this just a chapter of some national bunch of bigots? (I like that he claims his is the largest religious group trying to set policy, as if 44,000 is some record number of people contributing to a PAC.)

January 26, 2006  
Anonymous lawgeekgurl said...

and speaking of Advance America, they got their horrible abortion restriction bill passed in committee today.

January 26, 2006  
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