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Thu February 28, 2008
Groups challenging illegal immigration bill
Cheyenne, WY – Some groups say that a bill pending in the
Wyoming Legislature to cut some state services to illegal immigrants would disrupt families and scare even legal immigrants from seeking help when they need it.
House Majority Floor Leader Colin Simpson says thousands of illegal immigrants in Wyoming now receive benefits. His bill would block them from services ranging from driver's licenses and non-emergency health care to post-secondary education and food assistance.
Bille Metzger runs a program in Jackson that teaches English to immigrants and helps immigrant families adjust to life
in the United States. Metzger says that specifying that illegal immigrants can't
receive government services would affect the entire immigrant community. She says that even many legal immigrants are already uncomfortable with dealing with the government.
The bill passed the House this week and is pending in the Senate.