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Lawmakers Again Try To Ban Undocumented Immigrants From Getting Workers Comp Benefits

Dec 6, 2017

Ohio House Floor
Credit Ohio Public Radio

Ohio House Republicans have again approved a bill denying workers compensation benefits for undocumented immigrants.

Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

Republican House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger says excluding undocumented immigrants from receiving workers’ compensation is just another step to bring uniformity among benefit policies for those who are in the country illegally.

 

Rosenberger: “It’s not a bad idea to standardize what we have across the state of Ohio like what we do with the unemployment, you can’t do it there, you shouldn’t be able to do it in the BWC either.”

 

But House Democrats say this does not fix the problem of illegal immigration, denies help for people who are injured on the job, and excuses liability for poor workplace conditions.

 

The bill now goes to the Senate where a similar measure stripped out of the budget earlier this year.