Montana acts to change workers’ comp for immigrants

January 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

Montana lawmakers tackled illegal immigration Friday, pushing forward a bill to ban illegal immigrants from receiving workers’ compensation insurance benefits and hearing initial debate on a plan to turn to a federal immigration database before issuing Montana driver’s licenses. Staunch opponents to illegal immigration want the state to use that federal database to verify legal immigration status before issuing a driver’s license. Opponents of House Bill 178 argue the state would be subjecting its residents — and control of its identification — to a database that was central to the federal REAL ID program Montana overwhelmingly rejected. Rep. David Howard, a Park City Republican and retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, said his proposed bill is an extra safeguard that is needed to make sure only people in the country legally get a driver’s license. (billings gazette)


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