New findings from the Bell Policy Center show that undocumented immigrants in Colorado pay $159 million to $194 million in state and local taxes, an amount equal to 70 to 86 percent of their K-12 education, emergency health care and incarceration costs.
"The action of the Colorado Supreme Court saved Colorado voters from an expensive campaign on what even the initiative???s supporters agreed was a purely symbolic measure,??? said Wade Buchanan, president of the Bell Policy Center. ???It would have been a campaign centered on a false choice.???
HB 06-1062 represents a net opportunity loss for Colorado. School-age children have a right to an education, regardless of their immigration status. Collecting the desired data could create a chilling effect on some students??? school enrollment, due to concerns about being identified as undocumented, or having their parents identified as such.
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.