Alabama’s immigration law is VERY expensive

Turns out that cracking down on undocumented immigrants is costing Alabama tax-payers a pretty penny:

Alabama’s controversial immigration law, considered one of the toughest in the nation, is costing the state’s economy up to a whopping $10.8 billion annually, according to a new study. …

The cost-benefit analysis, conducted by economist Samuel Addy of the University of Alabama, determined that the estimated 40,000 to 80,000 unauthorized immigrant workers fleeing the state have resulted in 70,000 to 140,000 jobs lost and $2.3 to $10.8 billion reduction in Alabama’s GDP annually. Also, the law is estimated to cost Alabama $56.7 to $264.5 million in reduced state income and sale tax collections, as well as $20 to $93.1 million less in local sales tax collections, the report found.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/72308.html

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