How to fight immigration fees
Posted On July 24, 2021
A bill passed by the state Senate would allow the state’s immigration enforcement agencies to collect fees to pay for border wall construction.
The state Senate approved the bill Thursday.
The measure was sponsored by Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Pueblo.
The bill would create a new state agency that would have the authority to collect the fees.
The agency would be called the Office of Immigration Removal Enforcement.
McClintocks bill would allow state officials to collect up to $15,000 a year from each undocumented immigrant who has been arrested, or convicted of a crime, and who is awaiting removal.
The proposed fee would be used to fund the border wall, which is expected to cost more than $20 billion.
If the bill becomes law, undocumented immigrants would be able to apply for a refund of up to a $500 fee, but that fee would not apply to those who have been released from custody, the bill states.
The fee would also be used for training, mentoring, and mentoring.
It also would require all local jails to offer free or discounted classes on immigration.
In addition, the state would have to implement a new policy to monitor and report on the costs associated with each removal, according to the bill.
McClins bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee for review.