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July 11, 2013 15:03 ET

San Diego Immigration Lawyers at the Golden State Law Group Comment on ITEP Immigration Study

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - July 11, 2013) -  The San Diego immigration lawyers at the Golden State Law Group, URL, comment on an ITEP study regarding immigration reform.

The San Diego immigration lawyers at the Golden State Law Group represent clients who face complicated legal issues that include those relating to green cards, visas, deportation, changes in legal status, naturalization, asylum and many others. The attorneys at the firm hereby issue a reaction to the recent release of a study that was performed by the Institute on Tax and Economic Policy, or ITEP, and they encourage anyone who may be dealing with an uncertain residency status to seek legal help as soon as possible.

The study that was done by the Institute on Tax and Economic Policy was released in July of 2013, and it was entitled "Undocumented Immigrants' State and Local Tax Contributions." The full text of the report can be found here. The study looked at the argument that undocumented immigrants, if given a pathway to legal status, would have a net negative effect on local, state and federal government resources. The study looked at the potential impact on the tax base on a state-by-state basis and it provided information regarding the potential impact to the tax base on a national level.

According to the statistics generated by the study, "[a]llowing undocumented immigrants to work in the United States legally would increase their state and local tax contributions by an estimated $2 billion a year. Their effective state and local tax rate would also increase to 7 percent on average, which would put their tax contributions more in line with documented taxpayers with similar incomes." As such, the study concludes that providing a pathway to legal status for the estimated 11.2 million undocumented immigrants would have a net positive effect on the revenue of governments.

In California, the estimated amount of state and local taxes paid by undocumented immigrants during the calendar year of 2010 was $2,237,951,000.00. The study estimated that if those same people were given a pathway to legal status, their tax contribution would grow to $2,565,069,000.00. That constitutes an increase of more than $325 million per year in California alone.

David Weil is a San Diego immigration lawyer at the Golden State Law Group, and he reacts to this study in the following way: "Immigration reform is currently a political process, and this study provides some positive perspective on the possibility of reforming the immigration system. People who are unsure of where they stand with regards to their residency statuses should not forget that on an individual level they are dealing with a legal issue and that they should take immediate steps to resolve their situations."

About the Golden State Law Group

The Golden State Law Group is a team of San Diego immigration lawyers who have been helping clients with several immigration-related issues for several years including helping with their visas, their asylum statuses, deportation defense issues, family integration matters and many others. The firm also provides legal representation for people in need of help with bankruptcy cases and with personal injury matters.

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