Minnesota Catholics criticize report on impact of illegal immigrants
Published: December 21, 2005
ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) -- A new study on the economic impact of undocumented immigrants on the state of Minnesota is one-sided, according to several Catholic leaders in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The study, ordered by Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, estimated that about 80,000 illegal immigrants in Minnesota cost the state more than $175 million annually in education, health care and prison costs. The report, which was prepared by the Office of Strategic Planning and Results Management in the state's Department of Administration, focuses on the costs and population trends related to illegal immigration. However, some have criticized the study for not considering the benefits undocumented immigrants provide to the state, such as labor and tax revenue. "It appears that there's an attempt to do public policy development without looking at the whole picture," said Ted Snyder, social justice director at Pax Christi in Eden Prairie.
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