Immigration Bill Could Be ‘Budget Disaster’ for States


According to a review by Daniel C. Vock of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline news service, state budgets could be hit hard with unfunded mandates should Congress pass the immigration bill currently being debated.

Vock outlined several areas where state budgets will likely groan under the weight of the reform bill.

Sheri Steisel, senior federal affairs counsel and a human services expert at the National Conference of State Legislatures, told Vock that the immigration bill will create “financial catastrophe for states and localities.” She continued, saying, “The states will end up with the cost and consequences of the federal decision-making, with very little resources to rely on to make up the difference.”