Report: Immigrants living in Arizona contribute $21.4 billion to state’s economy


Marisol Soto, who came up with the idea of #Undocumoney, poses with her marked bill. The hashtag #undocumoney seeks to spread information about the influence of the undocumented community in the United States economy. /ANDREW JOHNSON

By Betty Beard |

A New York group urging immigration reform has calculated that about 900,000 immigrants living in Arizona contribute at least $21.4 billion to the state’s economy through purchases as well as taxes.

The Partnership for a New American Economy, a bipartisan group headed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, calculated immigrant economic contributions in all 435 congressional districts, including nine in Arizona, and 50 metro areas as part of an effort to urge Republicans to reform national immigration policies.

They want borders to be more secure through tougher enforcement and better use of technology as well as a secure system for employers to verify employment eligibility, increased opportunities for foreign workers and students to come to the United States, and establishment of a path for undocumented residents now living in the U.S. to become legal.


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