Costly In Every Way: Anti-Immigrant Laws Hurt States Financially

Source: National Employment Law Project, July 2010

At a time when 46 states are suffering from budget shortfalls totaling $121 billion, this fact sheet details the costs to states of implementing and litigating anti-immigrant laws. According to a 2008 study by the Perryman Group from Texas, the negative effect of eliminating the undocumented workforce from the US would be a loss of more than $651 billion in annual economic output and $1.8 trillion in annual spending. Arizona stands to lose $90 million due to boycotts, as well as spend millions of dollars litigating the constitutionality of its harsh SB 1070, which has been partially enjoined.
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