Reports Says Illegal Aliens Costing Mississippi Taxpayers

WLOX-TV (Biloxi, MS), Feb. 28, 2006

State Auditor Phil Bryant’s report estimates 49,000 illegal immigrants in the state, costing over $25 million.

“It’s the first time anyone in the State of Mississippi has tried to look at illegal immigrants and what it costs the taxpayer,” Bryant said.

The report takes into account contributions from illegal aliens who pay more than $40 million in sales tax and more than $3 million in income tax each year. But the estimated costs are more than $69 million. That includes everything from education and healthcare to public safety and losses from income sent out of the country.

Only one illegal alien bill remains alive in the legislature. It would allow Mississippi to cancel any state contract with a company using illegal workers.

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You can find the entire illegal alien report on the State Auditor’s website, www.osa.state.ms.us.

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