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Arkansas group backing illegal immigration measure
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas: The initiative committee known as Secure Arkansas are spearheading the effort to place an measure on the 2010 ballot that would require anyone who is at least 14 years of age to sign an oath saying they are legal residents or citizens in the country. This would be done is that person is seeking benefit. However, verification would not be needed if a person were seeking emergency medical treatment, prenatal care or public school enrollment.
Circulation has begun for the measure, as the group’s efforts were certified by the Attorney General on October 14, 2009. A letter on their website read as follows:
- “You can help prevent your tax dollars from subsidizing illegal aliens!
- Attorney General, Dustin McDaniel, approved our Initiated Constitutional Amendment today, October 14, 2009. Jeannie Burlsworth, our Chairman, is bringing the Amendment to the Secretary of State Thursday, October 15, so it can be published in the Democrat-Gazette. (Legally, it has to be published in the newspaper.)
- Stand by! It won't be long before we can collect our first signatures. We need 77,503 signatures of registered Arkansas voters to get this Amendment put on the ballot, BUT our goal is 100,000 (in case some are thrown out).”