Ind. Bills Federal Gov’t For Immigration Costs
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana is sending a bill for $130.9 million to the federal government.
Last year, state lawmakers passed a bill concerning illegal immigration. One provision in the law requires the state budget director to bill Congress for the cost of illegal immigration to Indiana. It’s a gesture that the statehouse’s Republicans do not believe the federal government is protecting the nation’s borders.
The state budget director estimates about $110.6 million of the state’s illegal immigrant costs have been for K-12 education. Another $12.3 million is the estimated cost to Indiana’s prison system and about $8 million for welfare.
Congress is not expected to act on the bill.
Indiana’s immigration bill was modeled after Arizona’s law which was largely struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court last month. The Indiana law is currently being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana.