Former Kansas welfare worker says illegal immigrants abused the system
Stop the presses people – here is the biggest news of all time: Illegals in the USA commit welfare fraud!! No, you don’t say!! Who would’ve thunk?? That they required a case worker to state the bleeding obvious is just amazing. America – once the country of hope and dreams – is today an illegal alien’s dream. All you have to do is lie about a few minor things and, wham, bam, you get to live the dream life with everything taken care of for you. Housing, food stamps, schooling, health care – you name it and it’s yours. No working hard and earning $2/month back in your old homeland – no – thanks to the lax government departments and the American tax payer dollar, they get to live like kings and out-breed the locals at the same time. During a hearing into imposing an Arizona-style immigration law in Kansas, the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services spokesman said it was “new information” that illegals game the system! Is this guy for real? I don’t even live in America and I could tell you that. But, the most amazing thing is that opponents to this new law said that the state couldn’t afford to screen illegals for fraud and that it would take extra man- power! Yes, according to these bleeding heart liberals, it’s just so much cheaper to pay these illegals to gate-crash the social system instead of actually tackling the illegal problem (note to liberals: illegal means they’re living in the country ILLEGALLY!)! See, this is why liberals should rather be put out to pasture in California – home of the liberal wet-dream – where they can live amongst their social experiments. And no gated communities for them! No, they should get to live down and dirty with their minority gangsta bro’s and sistas in the hood!
A hearing on an Arizona-style immigration law drew impassioned testimony Thursday, 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 today.
“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 ways to stem the waves of illegal immigrants who they say have flooded into Kansas in recent years.
The bill would require police to check the legal status of those they suspect might be in the U.S. illegally. It 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.
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, have adopted “E-verify” programs for their own hiring.
Tom Stoffers of Tonganoxie said the state was being “bled dry” by illegal immigrants who use social services.
The committee did not vote on the bill Thursday. The panel must adopt it by March 18 in order for it to be heard by the full House.