Task force looking at cost of illegal immigrants in Louisiana holds first meeting
Posted on 9/3/2015 12:36:00 PM.
The first meeting of the task force studying the impact of illegal immigration was held today in Baton Rouge.  Task force chairperson Denham Springs Representative Valarie Hodges says ignoring the problem of illegal immigration effects the quality of life for everyone.  

Hodges says Louisiana is among the top 10 states that receive unaccompanied alien children and taxpayers are forced to pay for the cost of providing for every illegal immigrant under the age of 18.  She says it's difficult to know how much illegal immigrants are costing the state because most departments do not track that information.  Hodges says you can't fix what you can't identify.
"The purpose of this task force is to be able to identify how pervasive the problem is and the impact it is having on the taxpayers of Louisiana."

Hodges says another meeting is planned next month that will include the Department of Health and Hospitals and the Department of Education giving updated data to the task force.  She says the task force will not solve the problem of illegal immigration.

"But what we are going to do is identify how pervasive this problem effects the budget of Louisiana and the economy of Louisiana." 
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