Ninety-Four Percent Would Vote To Deny Benefits to Illegal Immigrants
(KAIT TV poll July 6, 2010)
Illegals Admit Getting State Benefits
KAIT8 TV led off their 5:00 news on Tuesday, July 5 with the news that Secure Arkansas, a grassroots organization, had submitted the required number of signatures to place an amendment to limit public benefits to illegal aliens on the November ballot. The news lead mentioned the illegal alien problem in Arkansas and the nation and interviewed the lst District Director of Secure Arkansas in Jonesboro, Debbie Pelley. Pelley said 95% of the registered voters she asked to sign the petition did so.
They asked viewers to participate in their TV poll with this question, "Would you vote for a state constitutional amendment to deny state social services to illegal immigrants? Yes or No. They carried the story on their 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 10:00 pm news. At 10:00 they announced the results of their poll (which is their ordinary way of handling their polls) 96% answered yes on the poll and 4% No. Then they carried the story the next day on TV.
KAIT8 TV also interviewed Executive Director of the Hispanic Center of Jonesboro who admitted that she "recognizes that some illegal immigrants take advantage of public benefits, but she said many use them out of necessity." A canvasser for the petition was called a liar by Governor Beebe's spokesman when she told him that illegal aliens were getting benefits from several sources in Arkansas. We wonder if the Governor's office will believe this report from the Hispanic Center. We also wonder if Gomez realizes that, "For everyone who is given something, someone else has something taken away." Arkansans understand this; our governor and others who are fighting our petition seem to ignore this fact.
Below are excerpts from the story they posted on their TV website: Immigration Petition makes way to Region 8 by Josh Harvison http://www.kait8.com/Global/story.asp?S=12762591
Immigration Petition makes way to Region 8
By Josh Harvison - bio | email
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Secure Arkansas, which claims to be a grassroots organization against illegal immigration, submitted a petition of signatures to Secretary of State Charlie Daniels' office Friday. The petition includes a measure that would prohibit individuals to obtain certain public services without documentation proving citizenship. According to Debbie Pelley, Coordinator of District 1/Craighead County, the measure would not include individuals younger than 14-year old.
"We want to stop the illegal immigrants from coming to Arkansas and we believe we're pretty much a magnet for them because of the different states that have passed different laws," said Pelley.
Pelley said Arkansas has become a hotbed for illegal immigration because it hasn't enacted legislation that toughens immigration laws.
"We haven't passed any laws and we haven't been diligent like some other states have to try to do something about the situation," said Pelley. "Democrats want it because they want the votes and republicans want it because they want their big businesses to have employees so both parties are involved in the problem." (Ellipsis)
"There was a guy from Australia who signed our petition who was here legally, said he spent 4,500 dollars to get his citizenship and he resents the fact that it seems like the Hispanics are a favored race and they get all these benefits and everything without going through all the measures that they had to go through," said Pelley. "Anytime anybody gets something free, somebody else has worked for it and that seems to be the big resentment there."
Pelley said 95% of the registered voters she asked to sign the petition did so. The organization sent a petition with more than 78,000 signatures. They only needed 77,468 signatures. (Ellipsis)
Secure Arkansas says there have been loop holes in the law and a lack of enforcement against illegal immigrants. (Ellipsis)
"We already had the laws passed and it was a crime if they defrauded the system, well why would they not defraud the system? They've already committed a crime to come over here," said Pelley.
"I respect their point of view but I really think that that's not the way to do things," said Gina Gomez, Executive Director of the Hispanic Center of Jonesboro. "There are several social problems in our countries; there is the impossibility of finding a job and having the means to provide for your families."
Gomez said she recognizes that some illegal immigrants take advantage of public benefits, but she said many use them out of necessity. (Ellipsis)
End of Excepts
I wonder if Gomez realizes that, "When anyone gets something free, someone else has worked for it, and for everyone who is given something, someone else has something taken away." Anyone who understands that simple fact should understand why Arkansans are so adamant against illegal aliens getting state benefits. Most people prefer to give to charities of their choice, rather than having their money taken from them. Arkansans understand this; our governor and others who are fighting the petition seem to ignore this fact. To put it even more plainly, citizens see their government officials as stealing from them, the citizens, and giving it to non citizens. No wonder the people are screaming for new government officials!
Women Action Group
Posted July 13, 2010
This article can be found at this link: http://www.wpaago.org/Illegals%20-%2094%25%20would%20vote%20to%20deny%20benefits%20for%20illegals.htm