From anti-immigrant state laws in Alabama and Arizona designed to force immigrants out of the state and Gov. Rick Perry’s (R-TX) proposal to deport every single undocumented immigrant, Republicans — including Mitt Romney — are supporting harmful mass deportation policies. According to a new report from the Center for American Progress, deporting millions of undocumented immigrants would hurt businesses because there would be fewer consumers. But granting legal status to immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally would be an economic boon to seven states included in the report. For example, legalizing every undocumented immigrant in Florida would generate enough in tax revenue to close the state’s 2013 budget deficit, but if Colorado deported every undocumented immigrant, its gross state product would shrink by $7.4 billion.
Report: Mass Deportation Policies Harm State Economies