Another law passed during the legislature’s special session on immigration last year is costing the state $2 million dollars and saving nothing, according to government budget reports.
Earlier this year, another new immigration measure was found to be virtually unenforceable by the Colorado Attorney General. Critics have also said that the special session laws are confusing employers and encouraging racial profiling. From the Denver Post:
To figure out whether the law is working, the Joint Budget Committee asked each department to report how much it was spending to enforce the law and how much the department was saving as a result.
The result: Eighteen departments reported adding $2.03 million in costs while not saving any money. None of the departments could say how many, if any, illegal immigrants were being denied state- funded services. Lawmakers expressed mixed views about the report.
According to the article, the Department of Regulatory Agencies has spent $378,107 trying to implement the new law, while the Department of Labor and Employment has spent $374,828.
But perhaps what’s more interesting, are some of the comments to the story:
Comment: So lets just abolish all laws and let ’em in to do what they want. Right Denver Post? Why do you morons think that 20 million uneducated racists is a good thing for America?
Comment: This law was apparently another expensive boondoggle bill meant to look like the legislature was actully doing something while actually throwing more money down a rathole. I expected nothing more. Education of undocumented children is mandated by the federal government, as is emergency medicine,so it is pointless to see what the cost would be to enforce the unenforcable. With the tight budgets in Colorado we don’t need bills that let some people feel we are doing “something” when that money could be used for education, immunizations, heat help for the impovershed, etc. As far as 20 million uneducated racists, why not just toss those citiziens into a samll part of the country and leave them alone. Whooops aren’t there a few states south of the Mason Dixon line already doing that?
Comment: Patriots don’t buy Denver Post.Mexicans don’t read American newspapers.Let this paper file for bancrupcy.They are on their way there.