Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Anti-Immigrant Legislation is Costly to States

From the Center for American Progress:

Your State Can’t Afford It
The Fiscal Impact of States’ Anti-Immigrant Legislation
By Philip E. Wolgin, Angela Maria Kelley

States like Arizona that have enacted anti-immigrant measures are finding that such legislation is expensive to implement at many levels, places a heavy burden on state and local governments and has negative ripple effect on already fragile economies.

This issue brief examines the costs of anti-immigrant legislation from a variety of perspectives, including:

Economic damage from a state being perceived as hostile, including lost tourist revenue and individuals choosing to leave the state.
The burden of implementing these laws, each of which requires significant resources to be deployed by state and local governments.
The legal fees associated with defending anti-immigrant legislation from the raft of ensuing lawsuits.
Ultimately, we suggest that instead of taking the path blazed by Arizona, states would be wise to integrate their immigrants into the legal economy, which would create jobs, increase tax revenues, and raise the wages of all workers. Read more and download this issue brief here.



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