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Caroline Fan on October 31, 2008 - 6:06pm
Since the federal government collects many taxes from undocumented immigrants, including social security taxes, for which the federal government has to pay no benefits, a number of programs have been designed to funnel those revenues back to the states. Programs like the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) were designed to channel some of those increased tax revenues to states that are particularly impacted by new immigrants, to help them deal with increased costs that local tax revenues might not fully cover, yet the Bush administration and others have argued for cutting its funding. In fact, federal policies continue to deny help even for legal immigrants who clearly pay taxes. A clear example is the failure to include funding for legal immigrant children in the recent SCHIP bill approved by Congress.
Recognizing that the federal government collects taxes from immigrant workers without providing funds even for federally-mandated health care services, proposed California SJRX1 asks the Congress and President of the United States to enact legislation that would provide full reimbursement for the costs of providing federally mandated health care services to anyone, regardless of immigration status.
- In 2008, a number of states introduced bills requesting federal reimbursement for state immigration-related expenses, including Arizona HCM 2011, Minnesota SF 886 and HF 771, Oregon HJM 24, Virginia SJR 120, and South Carolina HR 4347. New Mexico successfully passed HJM 3.
- Utah's HB 262, enacted in March 2008, calls for the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel to study all available remedies the state has for seeking reimbursement from the federal government for costs incurred from illegal immigration.