For the third consecutive session, the Pennsylvania Senate is moving Senate Bill 9 (http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/billinfo.cfm?syear=2011&sind=0&body=S&type=B&BN=0009). This bill denies public aid, such as unemployment compensation, to any applicant who cannot produce government-issued identification.
Tell your state senator: This attack on the poor must stop. Urge him/her to vote NO on SB 9 at https://secure.aclu.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2817&JServSessionIdr004=3d3ofrwu94.app225a.
You can also contact your senator directly—find his/her contact information at http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/.
Supporters of SB 9 suggest that immigrants without papers fraudulently obtain public benefits. Yet they cannot produce any credible evidence of this assertion.
Meanwhile, academic analysis suggests that 11 percent of U.S. citizens do not have government-issued ID. And those without this form of ID are disproportionately people who earn less than $35,000 per year, people over the age of 65, and African-Americans.
There is never a good time to scapegoat immigrants while, simultaneously, passing policy to further harm the downtrodden. Please urge your state senator to vote NO on SB 9.