Citizenship or legal presence required for public assistance; verification required. (HB1468)

Introduced By

Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Legal presence required for public assistance; verification required.  Provides that local departments of social services shall verify or cause to be verified information regarding the citizenship or legal presence of an applicant for public assistance prior to initiating provision of benefits, and that the Governor may withhold the appropriation of state funds under his control to any agency, political subdivision of the Commonwealth, or locality in violation of this act. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/07/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100325D
12/07/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2011Impact statement from DPB (HB1468)
01/21/2011Assigned Courts sub: #3 Immigration
01/28/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 2-N)
02/04/2011Reported from Courts of Justice (17-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2011Read first time
02/07/2011Read second time and engrossed
02/08/2011Read third time and passed House (83-Y 16-N)
02/08/2011VOTE: PASSAGE (83-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2011Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/11/2011Assigned Courts sub: Immigration
02/22/2011Left in Courts of Justice


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 3 minutes.


VACOLAO, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Virginia has had a law in place since 2005 (redundant of federal law to the same effect) that makes it illegal for any person in the Commonwealth without authority to get public benefits. There is no evidence that this law is not being enforced or that any person not in the country legally has gotten such benefits. Given that fact, imposing an unfunded statewide mandate on all localities to train their social service workers to be immigration compliance officers does not make sense, particularly when funds and resources are increasingly limited. In addition, burdening the poorest and neediest Virginia citizens with paperwork requirements they may not be able to meet at a time when they are most in need, should not be done without strong, compelling evidence of a benefit that outweighs the burden and cost. VACOLAO opposes this unnecessary legislation.

robert legge writes:

But it looks so good on Mr. Albo's resume.

Marsha Maines writes:

I see absolutely NOTHING WRONG with demanding our Public Servants working in "social services", whose salaries are Paid For with our State and Federal funds, to verify that the persons they are re-distributing benefits to, are indeed, LEGALLY ELIGIBLE to receive them. All it requires is an I-9. Anyone who thinks this bill is a bad idea, must actually believe social workers are "good" public servants and stewards with Our Tax Dollars. Foxes guarding the Henhouses, Should be leery when wolves in sheeps clothing appear as "beggars". Personally, I know very FEW collecting social benefits who are actually "needy" or "poor". Most I know, are just smart cookies at working the system, or Related to a Social Worker.

Deanna Lavery writes:

Marsha, I tend not to argue with individuals that are dangerously uninformed, but as a bilingual social worker for the past four years, I am appalled at the image that you are presenting. I work with families whose children are United States Citizens and they cannot even receive benefits if they do not have a form of photo identification, even when the benefits are for their citizen children.

Furthermore, to say that social workers are not "good" public servants is preposterous. After most of us receive Master's degrees that we pay with out of our pockets because there is no government assistance, we work long hours to assist those who are barely keeping their heads above water. What did Sarah Palin say in her last speech? That's right, she quoted your Ronald Reagan in saying that the crimes of individuals (those who work the system as you say) should not be cause for representation for the rest of those law abiding individuals. I can assure you that there are relatively no undocumented immigrants that are "working the system" because the system is difficult enough for English speakers. I actually have experience with this, rather than just spouting out what I have heard second hand.

Finally, we are all angry about the state of our federal government and I do not deny that there are many issues and challenges that we must work on, but I hope that we can all remember that the "illegals" that we talk about are human beings with families and beating hearts. Marsha, I wish you the best.