Immigrants a Net Positive for the Treasury

James P. Smith, an economist at the Rand Corporation, reported at a conference put on by the centrist Brookings Institution, that according to his model, immigrants to the United States pay far more in taxes than they draw out through government programs. On the other hand in Southwestern states, like California, where the immigration issue is most contentious, immigrants often cost the state substantially more than they pay in taxes. It's worth noting that whether positive or negative, the effects of immigrants on state budgets is time sensitive. In the short term they tend to cost more than they pay in, while in the long term they pay more than they receive.

Smith's model looked at immigrants as a group, not at illegal immigrants who are subjects of the most scrutiny
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