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07/12/2013 02:18 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Undocumented Immigrants Pay State, Local Taxes At Higher Rate Than The 1 Percent (INFOGRAPHIC)

UNITED STATES - May 9 : Cecila Dolan, of San Bernadino, California, joins with other supporters of immigration reform in pray
UNITED STATES - May 9 : Cecila Dolan, of San Bernadino, California, joins with other supporters of immigration reform in prayer prior to the start of the reform bill's markup before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. The 18 members of the committee have proposed in excess of 300 amendments to the 844 page piece of legislation that would, if passed, create a path to U.S. citizenship for undocumented immigrants. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Undocumented immigrants are handing over a larger share of their income to state and local governments than the top 1 percent, according to an analysis by the Citizens for Tax Justice, a left-leaning research group.

On average, undocumented immigrants make about 2.5 percent of what the 1 percent earns, and yet their average state and local tax rate is about 1 percentage point higher than that of the nation's wealthiest people.

What's more, the undocumented could be paying billions more if only they were allowed to work legally in the country, according to another recent study by the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, a related organization.

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