Immigration Reform in Colorado
Yesterday, Colorado's legislature and governor reached a deal on what looks like a very good immigration reform package. The legislature passed HB 1023, restricting welfare to citizens and legal immigrants.
Here's what's in the bill:
How would an applicant get public assistance?
Applicants for taxpayer-funded benefits would be required to show they are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. They would also be required to sign an affidavit attesting to their legal status.
What is the penalty?
If an applicant falsely signs an affidavit, he or she would face a misdemeanor charge of perjury in the second degree.
Each offense would carry a maximum penalty of 18 months in jail, a $5,000 fine, or both, and a minimum penalty of six months in jail, a $500 fine, or both.
What would be curtailed?
Any retirement, welfare, health, disability, public or assisted housing, post-secondary education, food assistance, unemployment benefit, or any other similar payment.
The bill would also ban any grant, contract, loan, professional license or commercial license provided by an agency of state or local government.
This is a very good bill and I applaud the Colorado government for passing it.