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States Ask For Citizenship From Welfare Recipients

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States Ask For Citizenship From Welfare Recipients
Michigan and Nebraska appear to be the only states so far that won't give cash assistance unless proof of citizenship is shown, although Missouri is joining their ranks. Some states, such as Virginia, require applicants to show a birth certificate or Social Security number. But they allow applicants to sign an affidavit of citizenship if they can't provide the documents — Michigan and Nebraska don't have that out. The proof of citizenship requirements are being promoted as a way to keep people who are in the country illegally from getting government assistance.

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