Why Every Republican Should Co-Sponsor HB1292, The Illegal Alien Bill


Representative Jon Hubbard filed HB1292, An Act To Prohibit Illegal Aliens From Receiving Any State Benefit Except In Instances of Emergency Or When Life-Saving Measures Are Required.   As of now it has four Co-sponsors:  Deffenbaugh, Eubanks, Harris, Stubblefield.  Following are several reasons why every Republican should sign on as a co-sponsor to this bill. If even most of the Republicans would become a co-sponsor, the media would not be able to marginalize any of them.  


1. Arkansans are more united on this issue in not wanting to give benefits to illegal aliens than any other issue in Arkansas or the nation.  Nationwide 89% of Republicans oppose benefits for illegal aliens.

         In a KAIT-8 poll in 2010, 94% said they would vote for a state constitutional amendment to deny state social services to illegal immigrants.  A similar poll in 2008 had the same results.


2.  Republican legislators have a responsibility to the conservatives who put them in office to co-sponsor this bill and make it a priority.


         Secure Arkansas gathered 78,000 signatures according to their records, and the Secretary of State confirmed the number submitted as 67,542 signatures, which would have been enough to satisfy the requirement for the initiative to become law (but not enough to meet the requirement for a constitutional amendment, the goal of the petition in 2010).

         Republicans legislators, as our representatives, should not sit on the sidelines while citizens put in thousands and thousands of hours in labor (and money) to get a law passed limiting benefits for illegal aliens, especially when a large majority of both parties support such a law.

         Senior legislators should support those freshman legislators who have the courage to sponsor these bills.


3.  In Arkansas, there was a 437 percent increase of Hispanics from 1990 to 2003, the first or second in the nation and a 124.7% increase in Hispanic students in the last ten years.    



4.  Republicans are supposed to stand for fiscal responsibility.  Eliminating benefits for illegal aliens would be equivalent to reducing taxes, especially now that the University of Arkansas in a seminar actually said we will see a much greater influx of illegal aliens than ever before in the future because Arkansas is "soft" on illegal aliens.



5.  On the national level the Republicans have established opposition to illegal immigration as a Republican issue. 



6.  Republican legislators and candidates who said they signed the Secure Arkansas petition or would sign it if it were presented to them should have no trouble signing on as a co-sponsor to this bill.



7.  Other states, Arizona, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, and others, have filled some strong anti illegal alien billsIllegal aliens are fleeing those states and coming to Arkansas.



8.  Arkansas is only one of eleven  states in the nation that has made it legal to give prenatal care to illegal aliens. I think this was accomplished just through the governor's handiwork.   Some good Republican needs to represent the voters and  file a bill on this issue.


If any legislator needs documentation on this material, email me or call me.


Debbie Pelley