For Immediate Release: July 8, 2006
Contact: James Thompson
ANGIE PACCIONE HELPS PASS TOUGH IMMIGRATION REFORM MEASURE
DENVER—State Rep. Angie Paccione voted today for legislation that will help curb illegal immigration by limiting state services to illegal immigrants, beginning August 1.
House Bill 1023, which passed the House on a 35-28 vote, requires state agencies to verify proof of citizenship of anyone over 18 applying for state services. Services necessary to secure public health and safety, such as emergency medical care and immunizations, are exempted.
“Illegal immigrants don’t deserve special benefits from our government, and this measure will put an end to that practice,” Paccione said.
Paccione also was House sponsor, along with prime House sponsor Rep. Judy Solano, of House Bill 1017, which holds employers accountable for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants. Both bills are now being considered in the Senate.
“By preventing illegal hiring and ending special benefits, we’re taking away the incentives for people to illegally cross our borders,” Paccione said. “This legislation is a good complement to other measures the federal government needs to be taking, including improved border security.”