More Taxes from Undocumented Immigrants!
Yes, even the undocumented immigrants pay taxes. The pictures above shows how much more in millions will undocumented immigrants be paying, if executive actions are fully implemented. This graphic break-down by states is provided by the well respected Institute Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP). ITEP finds that undocumented immigrants already contribute $11.84 dollars in state and local taxes. Full implementation of the President’s executive actions in 2012 and 2014 would increase yet another $845 million. A full reform would increase the tax revenue by $2.2 billion.
“The fact is, undocumented immigrants already are paying billions in taxes to state and local governments, and if they are allowed to work in the country legally, their state and local tax contributions will increase significantly,” said Matthew Gardner, executive director of ITEP.
At any time, suspicion that immigrants do not pay their fair share is unreasonable. Immigrants always face a harder upward strife, harder than those experienced by the native. Meanwhile, undocumented immigrants, much like the middle class Americans, cannot utilize fancy deductions to save millions. Immigrants, documented or undocumented, are honest tax payers who cannot afford to use much tax deductions. The graph below concisely shows a compelling conclusion by ITEP:
Indeed, undocumented immigrants pay more in taxes than what the top 1% do. They pay about as much as the middle class Americans do. Mainstream voters should not hold grudges regarding downward economic performance against hard working immigrants. It’s time to move on.
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