(WHMI) – A proposed constitutional amendment introduced by a local legislator would disqualify undocumented immigrants from receiving state benefits.
According to our media partners at WHMI, State Senator Joe Hune introduced Senate Joint Resolution H on February 12th, and it was referred to the senate’s Committee on Families, Seniors, and Human Services. The resolution would explicitly state that those who are in the state illegally cannot qualify for social welfare benefits.
Hune has introduced similar resolutions in the past but, according to Hune, they always are tied up in committee. In order for this resolution to take effect it must have two-thirds majority support in both chambers and be passed by voters.
The Michigan League for Public Policy says Michigan law already blocks illegal immigrants from state food and assistance programs and health-care policies and that the only public benefit illegal immigrants have access to is a Medicaid payment in the event of an emergency-room visit.
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