ERIC Number: ED252626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
The Use of Public Services by Undocumented Aliens in Texas.
Texas Univ., Austin. Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
This document presents the report of a study designed to compare the cost of providing public services to undocumented persons in Texas with the revenue received from taxes and fees paid by the undocumented individuals. The study focuses on health, social services, education, and criminal justice, and makes comparisons at two levels: one covering the State of Texas, the other covering six urban areas (Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, and the Rio Grande Valley). Major findings were the following: (1) there were significant differences between detained and undetained populations in terms of demographic characteristics and service usage; (2) overall, tax revenues from undocumented immigrants clearly exceeded costs of providing public services to them; (3) local governments bore the brunt of the cost burden while the State received the bulk of the revenues; (4) education was the most costly service at both the State and the local level; (5) health services were among the most frequently used services, but most undocumented immigrants paid for these health services; and (6) there was little use of social services such as food stamps and Aid for Dependent Children. Following the narrative, nine appendices (which make up almost two-thirds of the document) provide amplifications and documentation of the material in the body of the study. The document contains over 100 statistical tables. (CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, Austin, TX.; Texas Governor's Office of Budget and Planning, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
Identifiers: Criminal Justice; Government Spending; Public Services; Texas