Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers: Undocumented Workers Contributing Billions in Taxes

Congress continues to remain at a standstill over immigration reform as President Obama maintains his position to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation. Recently a federal judge in Texas prevented the federal government’s request to implement President Obama’s immigration executive action.  State officials claim that President Obama surpassed his constitutional authority.

In 2013 there was a bipartisan immigration reform plan that was approved by the Senate, which outlined a plan to grant citizenship to undocumented immigrants; however, it was not approved in the House.  Conservatives oppose any laws that allow amnesty for undocumented immigrants.  Those opposed argue that the president’s immigration polices provide special assistance to undocumented immigrants who take advantage of state and local services, and also take jobs away from the unemployed.

Tax Revenue Produced by Undocumented Workers Supports Immigration Reform

As the debate continues on immigration reform, a recent study was conducted examining the financial implications of undocumented immigrants in the United States.  According to an analysis completed by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), in 2012 an estimated 8.1 million working undocumented immigrants paid over $11.8 billion in state and local taxes.  The analysis also stated that if President Obama’s executive actions were implemented in 2012 and 2014, which would grant a temporary immigration reprieve, there would be tax revenue of $845 million on the state and local levels.

The figures produced from the study support the argument over immigration reform.  The analysis established that undocumented immigrants are currently paying millions in taxes and suggested that if undocumented immigrants were permitted to work legally in the United States, tax contributions would significantly increase.  In addition, allowing undocumented immigrants to establish permanent residence would also increase state and local tax contributions by a projected $2.2 million a year.

A conservative group, the Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIR), continues to oppose amnesty for undocumented immigrants due to the cost on federal, state, and local levels.  FAIR estimated that the cost of undocumented immigration was about $113 billion in 2010. The study conducted by ITEP noted that the expenses accrued by undocumented immigrants do not compare to the tax benefits, which are beneficial to the United States economy.

Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C.  Help Individuals with Immigration and Nationality Law Matters

If you or someone you know has questions regarding immigration or nationality law, call the Philadelphia immigration lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C.  Immigration law in Philadelphia is complex and our Philadelphia immigration lawyers have extensive knowledge and experience handling all types of matters for undocumented workers. Surin & Griffin, P.C. has been helping clients for over 15 years with deportation, asylum, employment visas and citizenship issues. If you have an immigration concern contact Surin & Griffin, P.C. for a consultation by calling 215-925-4435 or use our online contact form. Our office is conveniently located in Center City, Philadelphia.