Denver Group Fights For Illegal Immigrants

Officials of a Denver-based think tank are asking voters to turn down a proposed ballot initiative that would prevent illegal immigrants from receiving most public services.

A group called Defend Colorado Now plans to begin gathering voters’ signatures next month. The group needs nearly 68,000 valid signatures of registered voters to put this proposal on the 2006 ballot.

However, Christine Mok-Lemne, Executive Director for the Child and Migrant Services, says "This could be more harmful than helpful for one important reason it's too difficult to find out if a person is truly illegal and by taking away the services will just cause more problems."

The proposed Constitutional Amendment would allow illegal immigrants to receive only those government services that are required by federal law.