Kansas Lawmakers Halt Audit of Illegal Immigration

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Legislators have decided against initiating a state audit of the costs to the state associated with illegal immigration.

Instead, a committee has directed auditors to review existing research on such issues and summarize them for lawmakers.

The push for a new audit arose from an unsuccessful effort to pass legislation this year dealing with illegal immigration. Backers of the audit wanted to study not only the costs, but how immigration affects wages and the benefits derived from immigrants.

But the Division of Post Audit's staff concluded there aren't enough good statistics for a valid study. And a majority of the legislative committee directing the division's work decided to back off.

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