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Ky bill would bar illegal immigrants from welfare

States may require recipients to show proof of citizenship to receive benefits.

Ky bill would bar illegal immigrants from welfare

CREATED Mar 15, 2012

Web Producer: Laura Kittell

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A bill to keep illegal immigrants from getting welfare benefits in Kentucky is on its way to the Senate.
   
The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Wilson of Bowling Green passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday by a unanimous vote.
   
The bill would require welfare applicants to present documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal residency in order to be eligible for the government benefits. If they're not able to produce a document such as a birth certificate or driver's license within 30 days, they could swear out an affidavit.
   
Wilson couldn't say how many illegal residents are getting benefits, but it was an issue voters were concerned about when he ran for election.
   
There is no penalty except denial of benefits.
   
The legislation is Senate Bill 118.

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