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12.01.2004

Judge confirms illegal aliens' right to "public benefits"

Now while that is not the main point of his ruling, it has the same effect. In his decision on Arizona's Proposition 200 U.S. District Judge David C. Bury issued a restraining order keeping the Proposition from going into effect, even though it passed the state-wide referendum. The restraining order will be in effect through Dec. 22nd, and the issue will be decided some time soon.

What bothers me is the fact that when the judge ruled that
It seems likely that if Proposition 200 were to become law, it would have a dramatic, chilling effect upon undocumented aliens who would otherwise be eligible for public benefits under federal law,"
the assumption seems to be that "undocumented illegal aliens" have a right to those services. Shouldn't it be the other way around? They don't pay taxes or hold citizenship so what entitles them to the benefits of programs that my tax dollars fund? I can't just show up in the UK and start participating in their welfare system can I? Beyond that, is it even moral for them to be receiving benefits that they have NO right to?

This ruling distresses me because of its simple disregard for the rights of this country's citizens, and that is who the federal government is charged with protecting.


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