Pa. Senate endorses benefits bill

April 9, 2008 9:51:00 AM PDT
Lawmakers in Harrisburg have okayed immigration benefits legislation.

The state Senate has approved a bill that would impose tougher identification requirements for people who apply for public benefits.

Proponents say the stricter requirements will help ensure that illegal immigrants do not improperly get such benefits.

However, opponents say there is no proof of illegal immigrants improperly getting such benefits.

They say the only people who will be hurt are U.S. citizens who do not have ID.

The bill passed 39-10, with all Republicans but one supporting it and nine of 21 Democrats opposing it.

It now goes to the House.


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