Research Roundup: Immigrants Pay Taxes Too (And Lots of Them!) - Plus the Costs of Prison Privatization and More

In this week’s PSN Research Roundup: a report from Policy Matters Ohio on the real costs of prison privatization, an analysis by the Immigration Policy Center on the billions of dollars of contributions made by undocumented immigrants to state and local tax coffers, and a study on the high cost of immigration enforcement to the nation’s currently cash-strapped cities by the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy.

Cells For Sale: Understanding Prison Costs And Savings – This report by former investigative reporter Bob Paynter for Policy Matters Ohio examines the effects of prison privatization in the Buckeye state, including claims by supporters that the privatization of two state prisons has saved state taxpayers $45 million over the past 10 years. Analyzing those claims in the context of a renewed push for prison privatization by Ohio Governor Kasich, the report concludes that state officials “still hadn’t developed an accurate, reliable way to compute how much, if anything, they had actually saved.”

Unauthorized Immigrants Pay Taxes, Too – This excellent Immigration Policy Center analysis of undocumented residents’ contributions to state tax coffers via personal income taxes; property taxes; and sales taxes refutes the flawed conventional wisdom on immigrants economic roles. In fact, the report found undocumented immigrants paid over $11 billion in state and local taxes nationwide in 2011 alone.

The Cost of Failure: The Burden of Immigration Enforcement in America’s Cities – This study of the high cost of immigration enforcement to the nation’s cash-strapped cities by the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy underscores the flawed and onerous nature of federal immigration laws and programs being imposed on state and local governments. In particular, the report points out a Government Accountability Office report that found 62% of local law enforcement agencies participating in the 287(g) program receive no reimbursement from the federal government for costs associated with the program.