Pros, cons of of legalizing immigrants
POSTED: Monday, January 30, 2012 - 11:33am
UPDATED: Monday, January 30, 2012 - 1:09pm
AUSTIN, Texas — Granting legal status to the illegal immigrants living in one of Texas’ largest metropolitan areas would generate at least $1.4 billion a year in revenue for state and federal agencies, with Social Security and Medicare being the largest potential beneficiaries, according to an analysis by a Houston business group.
The report, from the Greater Houston Partnership, says that the untapped revenue would be accessible if immigration reform — one that allowed illegal immigrants the chance to work legally and pay taxes — was realized.
Jeff Moseley, the chief executive of the 2,100-member group, said such reform makes sense in the current economy.
Read the full story from the Texas Tribune here.