- Undocumented workers account for at least $1.56 billion a year in valued added to the Minnesotan economy.
- The economic impact of undocumented workers accounts to as much as 2.4 percent of Minnesota’s GDP.
- Up to 50,000 Minnesotans owe their jobs to the presence of undocumented workers. For every undocumented worker removed from the economy there is a corresponding loss of a job somewhere else in the economy.
- These workers contribute an estimated $1 billion in tax revenue and are a net benefit to Minnesota.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
One Sided State Report on Illegal Immigrants
Bruce P. Corrie, PhD firstname.lastname@example.org The recent report of the Department of Administration on undocumented workers gives a one sided perspective on the impact of these workers on the Minnesotan economy. According to the report, undocumented workers or illegal immigrants cost the state $180 million a year. The report concludes that the net costs of undocumented workers are greater than their tax payments. (http://www.state.mn.us/mn/externalDocs/Administration/Report_The_Impact_of_Illegal_Immigration_on_Minnesota_120805035315_Illegale ) Interestingly the report does not refer to a study commissioned by HACER Minnesota in 2000 done by James Kielkopf which reported the following: (http://www.hacer-mn.org/PDFs/Undocumented.pdf)