Indiana to bill feds $131M for expenses linked to illegal immigrants

2012-06-29T19:15:00Z Indiana to bill feds $131M for expenses linked to illegal immigrantsBy Dan Carden, (317) 637-9078

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana plans to bill the federal government $130,953,979, the estimated cost of state services used by illegal immigrants since July 1, 2011.

A 2011 law, sponsored by state Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, requires state budget officials to determine how much Indiana spends annually to support illegal immigrants.

The estimate includes $111 million for education, $8 million for health care and $12 million for prisons.

"The federal government is to blame for not controlling our borders," Delph said. "I am requesting Congress to pay back what is owed to us, the hard-working, law-abiding, legal residents of the state of Indiana."

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