In June of 2004, the Government Accounting Office attempted a study http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04733.pdf to estimate State-by-State Costs of educating Illegal Alien Schoolchildren. They were unable to do so because the States queried could (or would) not provide a number of illegal alien students. Utah was one of the states unable, or unwilling, to provide such information.
With a conservative estimate of 20,000 illegal alien students attending public schools in Utah at a cost of at least $4,000 to 6,000 to per student, the cost to Utah taxpayers is undoubtedly over $100,000,000 per year.
It is time for the State of Utah to do an in depth analysis of the cost of illegal aliens to the taxpayers of Utah, including Education Costs, Medical Costs, Resident College Tuition Rates; Incarceration and Police Costs; Lowering of the General Wage Rate; Income Loss to Displaced Workers; Welfare Benefits and any, and all, other costs associated with this illegality.
A legislative audit discovered 95,000 illegal aliens had been issued Driver's Licenses and many voting in recent elections, resulting in the Driver "Privilege" Card. Hopefully a Cost study might result in similar restrictions on taxpayer funded benefits to illegal residents.
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