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Dear Editor:
The following press statement was released by American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Continue to Pay More in Taxes than They Use in Benefits; Business Owned by Immigrants Pay Additional $30 Billion in Taxes
Showing once again how much immigration contributes greatly to America's economy and financial well-being, millions of immigrants to the United States joined the men and women of their adopted county and fulfilled their obligation to their new home by paying more than an estimated $130 billion dollars in taxes this year. Over the course of their lifetimes spent in the United States, immigrants and their families will pay thousands more in taxes than they will receive in benefits from the government. In addition, businesses owned by immigrants will pay more than an estimated $30 billion dollars in taxes this April 15th. Their overall impact on the economy is even greater, thanks to the tax revenue generated by their employees. This tax revenue that immigrants generate is crucial for the survival of America's entitlement programs. As Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan noted at a February 27th hearing of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, immigration helps fill in the gaps in funding for entitlement programs created by America's aging population. "[The aging population] makes our Social Security and Medicare programs unsustainable in the long run, short of a major increase in immigration rates, a dramatic acceleration in productivity growth beyond historical experience, a significant increase in the age of eligibility for benefits, or the use of general revenues to fund benefits." "Many people for some reason don't know that immigrants pay taxes. Well, they pay taxes, lots of taxes," said AILA President Jack Pinnix. "Immigrants have helped make this country the best and the brightest by creating jobs, revitalizing neighborhoods, and as the data above shows, paying taxes. We can continue to count on immigrants to help strengthen our economy," concluded Mr. Pinnix. For more information about immigration's contributions to American life or for more information about the American Immigration Lawyers Association, please contact Judy Golub at (202) 216-2403 or via e-mail at jgolub@aila.org.

Dane Vandenberg, On behalf of AILA



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