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Immigration will not go in House budget

May 10, 2010


— A Kansas lawmaker has failed to insert a proposal modeled after Arizona’s new immigration law into the Kansas House budget bill.

Rep. Anthony Brown says the measure “denies benefits to those folks who can’t prove their status.”

The Wichita Eagle reported the amendment was read early Saturday.

Eventually, the rules committee decided the idea couldn’t be added to an appropriations bill. The members decided the proposal was “more policy than appropriations.”

Brown insists the issue will return and that the proposal does affect state budget issues.

One thing the Eudora Republican noted was that the amendment would block noncitizens from receiving public benefits.

The Arizona law empowers police to question anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally.


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