California No CalWORKS Benefits for Children of Undocumented Immigrants (2012)

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A No CalWORKS Benefits for Children of Undocumented Immigrants Act (11-0012) was approved for circulation in California with a circulation deadline of December 15, 2011.

Its sponsors officially withdrew #11-0012 from circulation on September 26, 2011.

To earn a spot on the state's 2012 ballot, sponsors of the initiative would have had to collect 504,760 signatures.

A letter requesting a title and summary for the proposed initiative was signed by Tirso Del Junco, Ted Hilton, and Bill Siler, and was received by the Attorney General of California's office on May 26, 2011.

Text of measure

See also: Ballot titles, summaries and fiscal statements for California's 2012 ballot propositions

Ballot title:

Undocumented Immigrants. Denies Benefits for Certain Children in CalWORKS. Initiative Statute.

Official summary

Requires state and local agencies to check immigration status of applicants for public benefits, including certain children. Requires agencies to report applicants whose immigration status is unverified to federal immigration authorities, including parents requesting benefits for legal resident children. Denies CalWORKS benefits for certain children with unverified immigration status. Requires state and local law enforcement to comply with direction from federal immigration authorities for holding and transferring undocumented immigrants arrested. Requires commitment for law enforcement agencies to perform federal immigration functions. Bars policies against enforcement of federal immigration laws.[1]

Fiscal impact

(This is a summary of the initiative's estimated "fiscal impact on state and local government" prepared by the California Legislative Analyst's Office and the Director of Finance.)

Unknown significant one-time and ongoing costs to state and local governments due to changes in the application process for public benefits, as well as unknown but likely significant savings from decreased use of public benefits. State savings in the hundreds of millions annually from imposing a two-year time limit on CalWORKs benefits for children of undocumented persons, partially offset by state and county costs for children who shifted to Foster Care or county general assistance programs. Increased costs to the state and local criminal justice system, potentially exceeding tens of millions of dollars annually, for training of peace officers, verifying the immigration status of individuals who are arrested, and detaining some of these persons until their transfer to federal custody.[1]

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