PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) –
A new report published this week shows Arizona’s economy relies on illegal immigration.
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The New American Economy, a bipartisan group of 500 mayors and business owners, estimates there are nearly 284,000 undocumented immigrants living in the state.
Combined, they pumped $3.1 billion into the economy and paid nearly $390 million in local, state and federal taxes.
For immigration activists like Rep. Tony Navarrete, a Democrat from Phoenix, the numbers show how important migrants are to Arizona, but also make a strong case for immigration reform.
“We have to provide some type of reform so that we are no longer pushing our families off to the sidelines and only using them for their labor,” he said Tuesday.
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