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National Academies: Immigrants Cost State and Local Taxpayers $57.4 Billion Per Year

Each immigrant costs state and local taxpayers roughly $1,600 more per year than the immigrant generates in taxes, the report notes. In total, the current annual net cost of first-generation immigrants — including the cost of educating their children — adds up to $57.4 billion per year, much of which is paid by state and local taxpayers.


National Academies: Immigrants’ Integration Is Slowing

The evidence shows a “slowing rate of wage convergence for immigrants admitted after 1979,” said the report, titled “The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration.” It adds: “These overall conclusions hold after controlling for immigrants’ educational attainment.”


National Academies’ Study Shows $500 Billion Immigration Tax on Working Americans

The report plays up the benefits of immigration by saying the inflow of skilled and unskilled immigrants has ”generated an immigration surplus of $54.2 billion, representing a 0.31 percent overall increase in income that accrues to the native population.” But that flood of low-wage immigrants also cuts marketplace wages for Americans by 5.2 cents on the dollar, admits the report, titled “The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration.”

Latino and African-American workers campaign for a $15 minimum wage.