Reality Check: Undocumented New Jerseyans Pay Taxes (And They’d Pay Even More Under Key Immigration Reforms)

There are a lot of misconceptions about our neighbors who lack legal status, not least of which is that they don’t pay taxes. But in reality, they pay a substantial amount of state and local taxes, and would pay even more if allowed to integrate more fully into society through important immigration reforms.

As the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) notes in a new report today, New Jersey’s 528,000 undocumented residents currently pay more than $600 million in state and local property, sales and income taxes – a figure that would rise under full implementation of the Obama administration’s executive actions or comprehensive immigration reform.

These findings are an important dose of reality for a topic in which the public discourse is too often filled only with rhetoric, and the latest in a long line of reasons for policymakers to be integrating New Jersey’s undocumented population into the economic and social fabric of our state.

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