It’s a safe bet that many of the thousands of illegal immigrants currently entering the United States – not to mention those already here – will now head to Colorado.
“Colorado is one signature away from providing housing benefits to residents regardless of immigration status — a first-of-its-kind policy in the U.S., according to state officials,” according to The Denver Post.
“The Senate followed in the House’s footsteps on Tuesday, giving final passage to a bill that would affect the roughly 180,000 people estimated to be living in Colorado without authorization.
“Colorado’s Department of Local Affairs, which administers housing assistance programs and requested that lawmakers bring this bill, believes the state will be the first in the nation to allow people “to apply for, and receive, state-funded public housing assistance regardless of immigration status,” spokesman Brett McPherson said… [emphasis added]
“Under the bill, Coloradans living in the U.S. without authorization will benefit not only from emergency pandemic housing assistance but all forms of state housing assistance moving forward.
“One GOP senator who opposed the bill, John Cooke of Weld County, said he believes the state should have kept the immigration status requirement, and that government funding should not benefit anyone living in this country without legal permission.
“‘They need to get in line and come into this country legally, like millions of other people have,’ he said. ‘Taxpayer money shouldn’t be funding these people staying here.'” [emphasis added]
For more on this report, please go to The Denver Post.
Please share your thoughts about this report in the comment section. Should illegal immigrants receive public housing benefits? Why or why not?
Coloradans would not have to divulge immigration status in order to receive state housing benefits under a bill awaiting Gov. Jared Polis’ signature. https://t.co/fZQSYiZ3it
— The Denver Post (@denverpost) March 31, 2021