“The numbers alone make a compelling case for reform,” said Matthew Gardner, executive director of the institute, which describes itself as a nonprofit and nonpartisan research group. “This analysis shows that undocumented immigrants already are paying billions in taxes to state and local governments, and if they are allowed to work in the country legally, their state and local tax contributions would considerably increase.”
Georgia and 25 states are suing to block the Obama administration’s programs, saying they amount to an illegal end-run around Congress. They also argue those programs would create additional costs for services they offer, including issuing driver’s licenses. A hearing before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is scheduled for Friday.