Colorado passes bill to bar illegal immigrants from state benefits


Colorado lawmakers have passed a sweeping
measure that could deny tens of thousands of illegal immigrants access
to public housing, unemployment insurance and other state benefits.

The bill, which Gov. Bill Owens said he will
sign soon, is the latest action by states as Congress struggles to
agree on a federal strategy to deal with the nation’s estimated 12
million illegal immigrants.

Colorado’s legislation, one of several
immigration bills passed during a five-day special session that ended
late Monday, would bar adult undocumented immigrants from receiving
most state benefits.

Up to 50,000 illegal immigrants could be stripped of benefits they receive, according to Nate Strauch, a spokesman for Owens.

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