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03-24-2011, 09:35 PM
Former Kansas welfare worker says illegal immigrants abused the system
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TOPEKA | A hearing on an Arizona-style immigration law drew impassioned testimony today including a statement from a former welfare worker who described “overwhelming” levels of fraud by illegal immigrants.

Lana Reed, who worked as a bilingual specialist for the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services in Overland Park from 2008 to 2010, urged lawmakers to adopt the bill targeting illegal immigration.

She described a system overrun by illegal immigrants who used false Social Security numbers and other fraudulent documents to game the system.

“I witnessed overwhelming levels of fraud and corruption resulting in the waste of millions of taxpayer dollars,” Reed told the House Judiciary Committee. “Most of the fraud was conducted pursuant to policies of the SRS, which required employees to turn a blind eye to fraud and abuse…”

Bill Miskell, an SRS spokesman, said that Reed’s testimony was “new information” to him and that it would be evaluated Friday.

“We have protocols and procedures in place for caseworkers to follow, established by longstanding state and federal law,” he said. “We expect them to follow those protocols and practices and … if someone has evidence that that is not happening, we would want them to bring that to our attention.”

The bill, written by Rep. Lance Kinzer, an Olathe Republican, along with Secretary of State Kris Kobach, proposes several ways to stem the waves of illegal immigrants who they say have flooded into Kansas in recent years.

The measure would require police to check the legal status of those they suspect might be in the U.S. illegally. It also would require state and local governments and their contractors to run citizenship checks on new hires and require proof of citizenship for anyone seeking public aid.

“In times like this, we have to make sure that Kansans trying to put food on the table are not competing against illegal workers,” said Kobach, who helped write the controversial Arizona law.

In a standing-room-only Statehouse hearing room, opponents argued that the measure would stretch already overworked police departments, prove costly to businesses and pose an administrative nightmare for workers who provide health services.

“It is a monstrous unfunded mandate on local governments,” said Mike Taylor, a spokesman for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County.

Particularly troublesome, Taylor said, is the requirement that police verify the citizenship of people they stop if officers develop a “reasonable suspicion” that they are in contact with illegal immigrants. It would tie up officers for hours, he said, and undermine the county’s community policing program designed to place officers in closer proximity to citizens.

But Kobach insisted the measure would save the state millions in welfare benefits that no longer would be paid to illegal immigrants. He said the four states surrounding Kansas, including Missouri, already have adopted “E-verify” programs for their own hiring.

“At a time of high unemployment, it is difficult to fathom why a state would not want to ensure that taxpayers’ dollars are only used to support the employment of legal workers,” Kobach said.

Tom Stoffers of Tonganoxie said the state was being “bled dry” by illegal immigrants who use social services.

“Citizens want jobs,” he said. “And they clearly should have preference for a job over someone who is in this country and our state illegally.”

The committee did not vote on the bill today. The panel must adopt it by March 18 in order for it to be heard by the full House.


03-24-2011, 09:40 PM
This kind of thing doesn't happen here in Dodge, does it Banyon? LMAO

03-24-2011, 09:58 PM
This kind of thing doesn't happen here in Dodge, does it Banyon? LMAO

Oh, of course not....