Proposed legislation to arrest illegal immigrants who enter Kentucky would cost state millions

January 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

A bill that would make it a crime for an illegal immigrant to set foot in Kentucky could cost the state’s Head Start programs millions of dollars. Head Start officials said that Senate Bill 6, which passed the Senate, could create problems for the federal pre-K program that serves 17,444 children in all 120 counties. The bill has not been considered by the House, which will reconvene Feb. 1. House leaders, including Stumbo, have said it is doubtful that the Senate’s immigration bill will pass the House. A recent legislative analysis says implementing the bill could cost the state as much as $40 million. SB 6 would make it a crime for anyone to transport or assist an illegal immigrant and would create a state charge of trespassing if an illegal immigrant enters Kentucky. Head Start officials cannot ask about immigration status, according to federal guidelines. (Kentucky.com)

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