Spanish Guide Pulled

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A Spanish-language guide for new immigrants is no longer available on a state Web site, after critics said it encouraged illegal immigrants to take advantage of government benefits and get jobs.

Governor Owens had endorsed the guide, but says he didn't realize that some of the information seemed aimed at illegal immigrants.

The guide says people don't have to show immigration documents to get health care, and that the children of illegal immigrants can qualify for Medicaid.

Doctor Tillman Farley, who helps care for immigrants in northern Colorado, says the guide is aimed at legal immigrants, but that it benefits Colorado as a whole if immigrants learn the state's laws and get proper medical care.

The pamphlet was yanked Monday after Congressman Tom Tancredo wrote a letter to Owens criticizing it.