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    N.C. lawmakers want restrictions on state services

    N.C. lawmakers want restrictions on state services to illegals

    Raleigh News and Observer
    By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press Writer

    RALEIGH, N.C. -- With one of the nation's fastest-growing illegal immigrant populations, North Carolina should make it more difficult for unlawful residents to vote and receive welfare, Repubicans senators said Wednesday.

    A measure filed last week in both the House and Senate would require proof of U.S. citizenship for someone to register to vote. Public assistance from state and local governments - such as Medicaid, food stamps and Work First - also would be limited to American citizens and people legally in the United States.

    Bill proponents said the illegal immigration problem in the state is overburdening the public medical services and the state budget. And they said their bill is not intended to be hostile to the nation's newest residents.

    "This is not about immigration," said Sen. Hugh Webster, R-Alamance, the bill's primary sponsor. "It is about criminal conduct."

    A report released this month by the Pew Hispanic Center found that an estimated 10.3 million undocumented immigrants lived in the United States last year. The study, based on an analysis of government data, said that number reflected an increase of about 23 percent from the 8.4 million undocumented immigrants here in 2000.

    The report found that, with 3 percent of undocumented immigrants living in North Carolina, the state has one of the fastest-growing populations of such newcomers.

    The bill is similar to an Arizona measure, Proposition 200, approved in a statewide referendum last November. Fifty-six percent of Arizona voters favored the ballot measure, which subjects state government workers to a $750 fine and up to four months in jail for failing to report when people illegally apply for government aid.

    In Virginia this week, Gov. Mark Warner signed into law a bill that would curb public assistance to illegal immigrants. Warner said the law, which applies to residents age 19 and older, just codifies existing federal law.

    The North Carolina bill would provide emergency medical services for people regardless of their immigration status. The state Medicaid plan could seek reimbursement of health care costs from employers who willfully employ non-U.S. citizens but don't provide health insurance.

    Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger, speaking at the news conference, said the bill is about fiscal responsibilty.

    Speakers offered no estimate of their bill's potential financial impact on the state budget. Accurate figures on how many illegal immigrants are using state services are difficult to collect.

    The Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the Medicaid program in North Carolina, has no information on how many undocumented immigrants receive assistance through Medicaid. County Medicaid offices have varying methods to identify patients, said Debbie Crane, a HHS spokeswoman.

    El Pueblo, a Raleigh-based Hispanic advocacy group, opposes the bill, said lobbyist Andrea Bazan-Manson. She said she doesn't see legislative leaders eager to back it either.

    "The current immigration system we have here is broken," Bazan-Manson acknowlegded, but the bill doesn't provide a solution.

    Bill Gheen, Webster's legislative assistant, helped answer questions about the details of the bill. In addition to working for Webster, Gheen is president of Americans for Legal Immigration, a political action committee that endorses federal candidates that support immigration reform.

    Bazan-Manson expressed concern that Gheen is working on immigration issues from Webster's office - what she calls a potential violation of the state's rules governing lobbying.

    Gheen is not registered with the state as a lobbyist for his group.

    "I don't believe that a legislative assistant should be running an organization or a lobbying group in a legislative office," Bazan-Manson said.

    Gheen said he runs Americans for Legal Immigration on his personal time and does not use state resources in operating the group. He said Wednesday that he is not required to register as a lobbyist because he works solely on Webster's behalf when he is inside the Legislative Building.

    "State employees are constitutionally protected to do what you want politically to do on your own time," Gheen said

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    Chris Cannon

    Seen the article in the San Diego Paper that quotes Chris Cannon. It's a gem.


    I did a post on Provo Herald discussion board about this:


    Did you see this quote by Chris Cannon. (from an article in the San Diego paper).

    I cannot believe someone can have as much contempt for Americans as Cannon does.

    By the way, he brags about getting a low bid on a roof job because they probably use illegal aliens but he fails to point out that we're subsidizing his fat a-- by paying for the education and healthcare for the families of those illegals.


    Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, the Bush administration's point man on immigration in the House, sees the competition among immigrants as a positive ingredient in a dynamic economy.

    Cannon, whose spirited defense of undocumented immigrants as a blessing for the U.S. economy and culture has won him honors from Latino rights organizations, waxed enthusiastic about his own experience in the marketplace of immigrant labor in Utah.

    He talked about his decision to replace the roof of his house. The low estimate, he said, came from a contractor who "uses labor that I suspect is not here legally."

    Asked what he would say to legal immigrants such as Jimenez and Milano who fear losing their livelihoods to newer illegal immigrants willing to work for less than a living wage, Cannon responds with unabashed enthusiasm and candor.

    "The point is, in America there are no guarantees. . . . So, Gerardo, if you're not going to make it in drywall, then you might want to try something else because you've got all the skills," he said.

    A moment later, Cannon acknowledged the difficulty that the existing immigrants are likely to face.

    "Those are the people who are going to be caught in the bind," he said, "and they're going to have to make adjustments and improve."

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    This Cannon should be embarrassed to call himself an American. Enforce immigration laws!

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