Non-Residents & Receiving Public Benefits

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Representative Perry Files Budget Amendment to

Prohibit Non-Residents from Receiving Public Benefits

Boston – Today, Representative Jeffrey Davis Perry (R-Sandwich) filed an amendment to the 2010 State Budget that establishes comprehensive regulations restricting non-residents of the Commonwealth from obtaining tax-payer funded public benefits.  

Mirrored after legislation passed in both Colorado and Georgia, this measure ensures that taxpayer funded benefits go only to those who are eligible to receive them.  The amendment requires that anyone attempting to receive a public benefit must first be verified by the Federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlement program “SAVE.” This system is already in existence and is both inexpensive and produces prompt results. The amendment also includes exemptions for those under the age of 18 and in disaster situations where state benefits must be accessed in an expeditious manner.

As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Representative Perry is concerned about the financial impact that illegal immigration is having on our already burdened social services. “Every year we hear about the lack of funds and resources in the area of health and human services. This amendment will help limit further abuses of our system and ensure only those eligible to receive benefits will have access to them” said Representative Perry.

This amendment also imposes stark punishments for those found to have falsified records or document pertaining to their identity or place of residence.  Those penalties include fines at up to $5,000 and/or incarceration up to 1 year.

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