For Immediate Release
Jan. 31, 2013
Contact: Troy Tuggle
Hune introduces resolution to bar illegal aliens from state benefits
LANSING, Mich.—On Wednesday Sen. Joe Hune introduced Senate Joint Resolution K, which would propose an amendment to the Michigan Constitution to prohibit illegal immigrants from receiving public assistance from the state of Michigan.
“Michigan is among many states that are being inundated with illegal immigrants,” said Hune, R-Hamburg. “The very least we can do is to make sure that these illegals receive no assistance from our state at the expense of our taxpayer dollars.”
State taxpayers spend nearly $1 billion annually for services for illegal immigrants, such as healthcare, education, welfare, jails and human services.
Under President Obama’s plan, announced in June, illegal aliens up to 30 years old who entered the U.S. as kids (so-called “dreamers”) won’t get deported but will be granted work permits and a chance at American citizenship.
“The federal government has failed Michigan in the ongoing threat posed by illegal immigrants,” Hune said. “The president’s plan is not strong enough in enforcing reforms to immigration, and it’s time we make sure our tax money is spent wisely, on Michiganders.”
SJR K has been referred to the Senate Committee on Families, Seniors and Human Services.