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Citizens to compete with illegals for financial aid?

Senate immigration bill grants litany of public benefits

American citizens may soon find themselves competing with illegal aliens to secure government student loans and federal work-study assistance.

A WND review of the Senate’s immigration reform bill finds the legislation allows illegal aliens who are granted provisional status and who initially entered the United States before reaching 16 years of age to secure both federal student loans and federal work-study programs.

The provisional citizens would still need to meet the academic requirements necessary to obtain the aid.

The discovery is contrary to claims by proponents of the immigration reform bill who have repeatedly insisted the newly legalized residents will not be eligible for public funds.

The student financial assistance is not the only public benefits allowable under the legislation.

As WND reported, illegal aliens who are granted temporary provisional status will also be able to obtain a litany of state public benefits, including state-run health care.

Regarding public benefits, the immigration bill states that registered provisional immigrants are “not eligible for any Federal means-tested public benefit.”

A registered provisional immigrant is an illegal alien who fills out all required paper work and meets the bill’s qualifications for eventual permanent residency.

Another section of the bill, reviewed by WND, states that all registered provisional immigrants will be given Social Security numbers.

A Social Security number will allow provisional immigrants to fulfill the documentation requirements to obtain state driver’s licenses or identification cards, which could then allow access to state benefits by claiming state residency.

In California, for example, to obtain a driver’s license an individual needs a Social Security card and proof of a “legal presence” in the country.

According to the immigration bill, the provisional immigrants will be provided a document proving legal presence.

The government website benefits.gov provides a breakdown of all benefits available in each state, including those that do not require full citizenship but only legalized status.

In California, provisional immigrants may be able to obtain the following benefits:

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