Introduced by Rep. David Agema (R) on August 3, 2010, to require state agencies and local governments to verify the legal U.S. residence status of every person who applies for various kinds of welfare benefits, with some exceptions like disaster relief, emergency medical treatment, soup kitchens, etc. Among other things benefit applicants would have to submit an affidavit affirming that they are not an illegal alien. Also, to mirror provisions of a controversial Arizona statute by requiring law enforcement officers and agencies to make a reasonable attempt when practicable to determine the immigration status of any person detained under any lawful stop, detention, or arrest if there is a reasonable suspicion that the person is an illegal alien. Also, to authorize criminal penalties for an alien person who does not comply with a federal law requiring they get an alien registration document and carry it in public. Full Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on August 3, 2010.