Unauthorized immigrants are already paying $10.6 billion a year in state and local taxes, according to a new analysis that estimates an additional $2 billion revenue increase for the 50 states and the District of Columbia if undocumented immigrants who currently in the U.S. are allowed to work legally.

The study, from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, bolsters another recent study from Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation and the Congressional Budget Office (see Immigration Bill Expected to Boost Tax Collections). The earlier study found that the bill recently passed by the Senate would save nearly $1 trillion over the next two decades, largely because more than 10 million additional people would be paying taxes. House Republicans are demanding changes in the legislation, however.

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