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PPIC report on effects of legalizing undocumented immigrants

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
By Megan Hansen and Ben Adler

The PPIC says California’s more than 2.5 million illegal immigrants will not generate any more tax revenues if they’re legalized. Researcher Laura Hill says that’s because a majority of them already file taxes.

 “Over eighty-five percent of unauthorized immigrants did file federal tax returns prior to earning green cards. So we don’t expect there to be large increases in tax revenues.”  
The report also says most immigrants wouldn’t make any more money if they were legal residents. That’s because, according to Hill’s research, employers pay all low-skilled workers the same…regardless of legal status.
The one exception is for immigrants with higher skills or education…especially those with Bachelor’s degrees. They are more likely to see an increase in income with legalization.  
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