crackdown on illegal immigrants, widely seen as the toughest in the
United States, could cost the state's economy up to $10.8 billion,
according to a new study.
The Alabama law, passed in
June, requires police to detain people they suspect of being in the U.S.
illegally if they cannot produce proper documentation when stopped for
any reason, among other measures.
cost-benefit analysis by University of Alabama economist Samuel Addy
estimated up to 80,000 jobs could be vacated by illegal immigrants
fleeing the crackdown, costing Alabama's economy up to $10.8 billion.
lost jobs would cost Alabama up to $264.5 million in lost state sales
and income taxes, and as much as $93.1 million in lost city and county
sales taxes, it found.
At the low end of the range, Addy found the crackdown could cost Alabama's economy $2.3 billion." - Reuters, Feb. 1, 2012.