The special legislative session officially starts tomorrow, but today hearings are being held to determine the costs of illegal immigration in Colorado. There’s a lot at stake politically, because if it turns out that Colorado is not spending a huge amount of money on illegal immigrants, Republicans are going have to explain why they hadn’t done their due diligence on the issue before demanding a special session to address it.
Here’s the schedule for today:
Questions for Department Executive Directors Regarding Illegal Immigration
1. What services are being provided by your department for illegal immigrants?
2. What is the cost on an annual basis to provide those services for illegal immigrants?
Please break this amount down by fund source (i.e., General Fund, cash funds, cash funds
exempt, federal funds).
3. How many FTE are being utilized by your department in providing services for illegal
4. What would be the cost and FTE impact to screen clients to determine their citizenship
prior to providing services?
10:15-10:45 Department of Higher Education/Colorado Commission on Higher Education
10:45-11:15 Department of Human Services
11:15-11:45 Judicial Department
1:30-2:00 Department of Labor and Employment
2:00-2:30 Department of Public Health and Environment
2:30-3:00 Department of Revenue
3:00-3:30 Department of State
3:30-4:00 Department of Corrections
4:00-4:30 Department of Health Care Policy Financing