Weekend Reading: Highlights from this week’s immigration news (March 14 – 18)

Exit polls from Tuesday show the majority of Republican primary voters in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri support a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants, which is consistent with results from the previous Republican primaries.

Portland City Council will hold a public hearing next Tuesday, seeking feedback about establishing an Office for New Americans in the city, which will help immigrants enter the labor force and start their own businesses. City Manager Jon Jennings said he hopes the council will allocate $10,000 from next year’s city budget to help create the new office.

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy found that the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States contributed $11.64 billion in state and local taxes each year. Estimates of their tax contributions vary across states, ranging from close to $2.2 million in Montana to $3.1 billion in California, largely depending on the size of their undocumented immigrant population. The institute also found that full implementation of President Obama’s executive actions in 2012 and 2014 would increase undocumented immigrants’ state and local tax contributions by $805 million, and a comprehensive immigration reform package would raise their contributions by $2.1 billion annually.

In case you missed it:

This past Sunday marked the third year of Pope Francis’ tenure as the head of the worldwide Catholic Church. As the son of Italian immigrants, Pope Francis has drawn from his experiences and made powerful statements to call for support for immigrant rights and integration around the world. Check out PNAE’s post on “Why Pope Francis is Right on Immigration.”

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