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Friday, December 08, 2006

Texas: Immigrants Impact on the Budget

The state’s economy would have been almost $18 billion poorer in the last fiscal year without illegal immigrants who added to state coffers but were a drain on local government, says a report by the state comptroller. The report is billed as the first detailed look by a state at the impact of undocumented immigrants on its budget. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that the United States had 11.1 million undocumented immigrants in 2005. Of these, it said Texas accounted for between 1.4 million and 1.6 million. “The absence of the estimated 1.4 million undocumented immigrants in Texas in fiscal 2005 would have been a loss to our gross state product of $17.7 billion,” said the comptroller, Carole Keeton Strayhorn.


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