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Latino Daily News

Tuesday May 17, 2011

Texas Wants Legal Immigrants to Provide Addl Proof of Poverty If Applying for Benefits

The Texas house yesterday passed in a 100-to-37 vote a bill that would require legal immigrants, who apply for state benefits, to provide additional proof of their ‘poorness’.

The bill, which is now goes to Republican Governor Rick Perry for signature, would require the financial status of the immigrants sponsor to be taken into consideration.  If the person, who sponsored the immigrant’s application for U.S. permanent residency, were financially sound the indigent immigrant would be denied state benefits.

The law when passed basically reasserts what federal law says but now Texas can enforce at a local level, many critics see this is another attempt to separate and denigrate immigrants.