Study: Undocumented immigrants paid $292 million in state, local taxes

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YAKIMA — Washington state ranks 10th in the nation for the most taxes paid by undocumented immigrants, according to a new study.

The study by the Taxation and Economic Policy Institute showed that undocumented immigrants in Washington paid $292 million in state and local taxes in 2010.

“Like other people living and working in the United States, undocumented immigrants currently contribute a significant share of their income to state and local taxes,” the study reported.

If the U.S. House passes a Senate bill that includes a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, the study projects that another $20 million, or more, will be collected in taxes in Washington state.

Opponents of comprehensive immigration reform argue that the potential cost to taxpayers could total $6.3 trillion over the next 50 years when accounting for costs to welfare programs and general public services, the Seattle Times reported.

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  • guest

    how can they verify those numbers if they are "undocumented"? that in itself would document them. let's call them what they are, illegal immigrants, and if we know who and where they are why aren't they being prosecuted for the crime they committed? illegally entering this country?