Unauthorized immigrants contribute nearly $12 billion in state and local taxes, report finds

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The Trump administration’s intent to clamp down on unauthorized immigrants living in the United States could have broad economic implications for states.

Data in a newly updated Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy report out Thursday disputes the president’s contention that undocumented immigrants are a drain on taxpayers. It found those immigrants pay an estimated $11.74 billion a year in state and local taxes. 

That breaks down to more than $7 billion in sales and excise taxes, $3.6 billion in property taxes, and $1.1 billion in personal income taxes.

Dave Heller spoke with Meg Wiehe, director of programs at the institute, for NewsWorks Tonight.

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