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New Utah law expected to cause child-care closures

New Utah law expected to cause child-care closures



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Critics fear a new Utah law targeting undocumented immigrants will cause an increase in child care providers losing their licenses and in children being cared for in unregulated homes.

Critics say they expect dozens if not hundreds of providers to lose licenses and a much smaller pool of licensed providers in a state where demand already is high.

The state has nearly 1,300 in-home providers, which typically care for up to eight children. New immigrants often provide in-home childcare to supplement their income.

Until the law took effect this week, a provider's immigration status was not part of the license application or renewal process. The law, however, requires a government agency to verify citizenship before issuing a license.

Some at-home providers have said they plan to give up their license.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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