Congressman Pete Gallego (D) Alpine sent a letter to State Comptroller Susan Combs requesting an update to a study that her predecessor did in 2006. In it, Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn that the removal of undocumented immigrants would cost Texas almost $18 billion in gross state product.
Gallego informs Combs:
A more recent study from the Immigration Policy Center noted, “[i]f all unauthorized immigrants were removed from Texas, the state would lose $69.3 billion in economic activity, $30.8 billion in gross state product, and approximately 403,174 jobs, even accounting for adequate market adjustment time.”
So, it would seem that an update is in order.
As public servants, the weight of our words is heavier. The passage or failure of immigration reform will profoundly affect Texas. An updated study from the Texas Comptroller’s office would shed light on the true impact to our state by unauthorized immigrants. Your findings and conclusions could also prove invaluable during deliberation on the various proposals being considered by Congress. It would be unfortunate for groundless statements presented as facts to go unchallenged.
Get to it, Comptroller!
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