Rep. Timothy Dukes, R-Laurel.(Photo: Delaware General Assembly)
In a recent letter to the editor printed by the News Journal, a Laurel resident expressed frustration over his attempts to learn how much Delaware’s state and local governments spend for services associated with undocumented immigrants.
This is a deceptively difficult question to answer. There is no census of the undocumented immigrants living in Delaware, although the Pew Research Center in 2015 estimated the number at between 20,000 and 25,000.
Similarly, there is no full accounting of the government services and benefits provided to undocumented immigrants. Typically, such residents do not qualify for food stamps, Medicaid, welfare, and most other public benefits – but this is not definitive.
According to the National Immigration Law Center, undocumented immigrants
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