RE: The Minutemen are here
Im glad that as an ARIZONAN, we passed PROP. 200. It's a start, but not nearly enough to protect us tax payers from supporting THE FLOOD invading our state. Read about prop 200 - Why is Proposition 200 necessary?
A2. No one can deny that Arizona is experiencing a mass influx of illegal
aliens seeking to unlawfully settle in Arizona. The net costs of providing
benefits and services to the estimated 500,000 illegal aliens living in Arizona now
exceeds $1 billion annually, or an average of $700 a year per household.
Moreover, the numbers of illegal aliens and the cost of providing benefits and
services are increasing rapidly.
Government agencies in Arizona currently have no uniform laws controlling
when or how to verify the identity of an applicant for benefits, or whether that
person is an ineligible illegal alien. Section 6.A.3 prohibits Arizona
government agencies from accepting insecure identification cards for verification of
public benefits eligibility. To protect the public against fraud and
corruption in public services, the issuing agency must have verified the immigration
status of the cardholder.
Q3. Why is it necessary to create new voter registration laws and require
presentation of identification at polling places?
A3. The Arizona voter registration and election system was not designed to
screen out non-citizens seeking to unlawfully register or vote. With hundreds of
thousands of illegal aliens in Arizona, even a small incidence of alien
voting corrupts the democratic process. Sections 3 and 4 of the initiative require
new voters to document their U.S. citizenship when they register to vote.
Section 5 requires voters to present a photo ID at the polling place on Election
Day. These are simple but fair measures to protect the integrity of the voter
rolls and the ballot box.
Q4. Isn't illegal immigration a federal matter?
A4. Immigration is a federal matter and should be enforced by the federal
government. Under federal law, illegal aliens are prohibited from receiving many
state and local public benefits. It is the responsibility of state and local
governments to ensure that these laws are complied with.
Congress has given states the authority to enact uniform verification
procedures under state law. Proposition 200 sets verification procedures for state
and local public benefits that are consistent with the procedures that Arizona
already follows for federally-funded benefits. Section 6.A.4 of the initiative
requires state and local government employees who discover a violation of
federal immigration law to make a written report to federal immigration
authorities. The right of civil servants to report violations is already protected by
Proposition 200 does not regulate legal immigration or restrict the rights of
lawful immigrants and foreign visitors in any way.
Q5. When voters in California tried to limit benefits for illegal aliens in
1994, a federal judge struck down Proposition 187. Why is Arizona Proposition
200 any different?
A5. California's Proposition 187 was never really tested in the courts. After
a single federal district judge blocked Proposition 187, state officials did
not vigorously defend the decision of the electorate. Ultimately, former
California Governor Gray Davis refused to appeal that ruling, ignoring his duty to
the 59 percent of the electorate that voted in favor of the measure.
Proposition 200 has been carefully worded to conform to existing federal laws
and policies. Proposition 200 applies provisions of immigration and welfare
reform legislation enacted by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1996,
and respects the different but complementary duties and powers of our state
and federal governments.
Q6. What benefits or services will Proposition 200 deny to illegal aliens?
A6. Proposition 200 will not change the number or kinds of benefits that are
already denied to illegal aliens. Section 6.A of the initiative requires
Arizona government agencies to "verify the identity" and "verify that each
applicant is eligible" for "state and local benefits that are not federally mandated,"
and to provide all state and local government employees with "information to
verify the immigration status of any applicant for those benefits and assist
the employee in obtaining that information from federal immigration
authorities." The procedures for verification of eligibility must comply with federal
regulations, commonly known as the SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for
Entitlement) system. See 8 U.S.C. 1642(a)(3). Arizona has used the SAVE system to
verify eligibility for federally-funded benefit programs since 1999.
Q7. Proposition 200 will help identify illegal aliens who are unlawfully
receiving public benefits. Exactly what benefits and services are currently denied
to illegal aliens?
A7. Federal law already defines the types of state or local benefits for
which verification of lawful immigration status is required: "(A) any grant,
contract, loan, professional license, or commercial license provided by an agency
of a State or local government or by appropriated funds of a State or local
government; and (B) any retirement, welfare, health, disability, public or
assisted housing, postsecondary education, food assistance, unemployment benefit, or
any other similar benefit for which payments or assistance are provided to an
individual, household, or family eligibility unit by an agency of a State or
local government or by appropriated funds of a State or local government." See
8 U.S.C. 1621(c).
In order to comply with federal law, Proposition 200 requires that an
applicant for such benefits provide documents showing that he or she is a bona fide
U.S. citizen or legally admitted alien.
Q8. Will illegal aliens receive any public benefits if the voters approve
A8. By federal law, illegal aliens in Arizona cannot be denied access to
benefits and programs that are specifically exempted from verification. These
programs include, but are not limited to, K-12 education, emergency health care,
immunization programs, in-kind disaster relief, soup kitchens and other
emergency food assistance, federal school lunch and breakfast programs, and those
public services that are necessary to protect life or safety.
Q9. Won't Proposition 200 lead to discrimination based on appearance,
ethnicity or national origin?
A9. Proposition 200 actually adds to federal and state civil rights policies
that prohibit against discrimination or disparate treatment of individuals
based on factors of race, religion, gender, or national origin. Eligibility for
state benefits and services will be determined solely by verification of an
applicant's identity or immigration and nationality documents.
Proposition 200 creates additional protections against discrimination not
found in other federal or state law. Section 6.C of the initiative gives Arizona
residents, including advocates for illegal aliens, the right to sue any
government agency that discriminates in the verification process in state court.
Section 6.C. requires that the Arizona state courts give these suits preference
over other pending cases.
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