Texas and Other States Receive Millions in State Taxes from Undocumented Immigrants

One of President Trump’s justifications for declaring a national emergency to justify the diversion of previously appropriated federal funds to build a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has been the “billions and billions of dollars” that undocumented immigrants cost American taxpayers. In a recent news article, one reporter shows just how untrue this justification is, despite the widespread belief of the American public in it. In fact, not only do undocumented immigrants contribute billions of dollars in federal taxes each year, which helps keeps Medicare and Social Security solvent, but they also pay billions of dollars in state and local government taxes each year. According to a 2017 report by the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, in 2014, which is the most recent year for which data is available, undocumented immigrants paid about $11.7 billion in state and local taxes. These taxes include not only state income taxes, but also sales…

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