To determine whether illegal immigration has a positive or negative impact on the economy and budget of California. The response should include data, graphics and findings that answer the question comprehensively.
In California, illegal immigrants contribute about $3 billion in state taxes every year. Due to the fact that they mostly work low-wage jobs, they do not generate a lot of tax revenue.
Some studies look at illegal immigrants and their children as a burden on California's public finances. A study by an organization that advocates for reduced immigration concludes that illegal immigrants are generally a fiscal burden due to their low incomes and tax payments. According to the Center for Immigration Studies each illegal immigrant household creates a $2,700 net fiscal deficit for the federal government at a national level due to their low education levels, low income and costs of their native-born children.
According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, State and local tax revenue in California would increase by $8.4 million every year if the state allowed illegal immigrants to become citizens.
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