Study: Immigration law will cost Ala. billions

Published: Jan. 31, 2012 at 11:03 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 1, 2012 at 12:20 AM CST
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A study by a longstanding economic research center at the University of Alabama says that Alabama's new immigration law will cost the state billions of dollars because of income lost by illegal immigrants who will have to leave the state, lost tax income and related costs.

The report by the Center for Business and Economic Research at UA would cause 70,000 to 140,000 illegal immigrants to lose jobs and would cost about $1.2 to $.5.8 billion in the earnings of those immigrants as well as $56.7 to $264.5 million in lost state income taxes and sales taxes.

A sponsor of the immigration bill, Republican Rep. Micky Hammon of Decatur, called the report "baloney." He said it doesn't account for jobs that will become available when illegal immigrants leave the state.

CLICK HERE to read the full report from the University of Alabama.

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