A Denver Post commentary asserting that for a guest-worker program to really work, it must offer a well-defined option for guest workers to seek legal permanent residency or citizenship. It's unrealistic to think that most guest workers would return to their home countries after their terms were up.
A Boulder Daily Camera commentary criticizing the state for revoking presumed eligibility for pregnant women in Colorado, a change to the Medicaid program intended to prevent undocumented immigrants from receiving services that led to 19,000 low-income women being denied prenatal care.
Undocumented immigrant households paid between $159 million and $194 million in total taxes in 2005. We estimate the average undocumented household working on the books in Colorado paid $1,861 in state and local sales, income and property taxes in 2005. Undocumented immigranttax payments are equal to 70 to 86 percent of the state and local governments??? costs for providing federally mandated services.
Newspapers around the state report on the Bell Policy Center's 2006 issue briefs, "State and local taxes paid in Colorado by undocumented immigrants" and "Costs of federally mandated services to undocumented immigrants in Colorado."
This issue brief discusses the problem of postsecondary access for undocumented students, provides an overview of federal and state legislative developments in this policy area, and summarizes legislation currently before the Colorado General Assembly.