The Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy has released a new study finding that undocumented immigrants contribute billions of dollars to the American economy on an annual basis through the payment of income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, and excise taxes. As of 2013, there were as many as 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, who combine to contribute at least a few million dollars to each state in tax revenue, with the state of California receiving an estimated $3.2 billion in tax revenue from these individuals. The Pew Research Center estimates that approximately five percent of the American workforce is comprised of undocumented workers. For various reasons, including their undocumented status, immigrant households, on average, have an income of about $30,000 per year, which is well below the $54,000 median American household income. Ironically, the average effective tax rates for these workers is about eight percent, whereas the top one percent of American taxpayers have a tax rate of just over five percent. Data about the number of undocumented immigrants who do pay taxes also shows higher numbers than some expected. About one-third of these individuals are homeowners, thus being subject to property taxes, and as many as 50% pay income taxes. Furthermore, up to 75% of individuals pay into the social security system, even though they would never be eligible for social security benefits unless they became citizens in the future. This is contrary to some right-leaning politicians’ statements that undocumented immigrants pay no taxes and do not contribute to the American economy in any matter. The deportation defense lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., focus all of their efforts on defending those individuals who are facing deportation charges. We will examine the facts in your case, present which options are available to you, and then obtain the information needed to build the strongest defense to removal possible in your situation. Having a strong advocate on your side early on in the removal process can be the key to success. Please don’t hesitate to call us today and learn about the different avenues of relief that we can pursue in your deportation case.