Mainebiz: Immigrants key 'to what Maine needs to solve its demographic challenges'

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"There were 44,687 immigrants in Maine in 2013, comprising 3.4% of the state's population, according to the 2013 American Community Survey. Some 3.2% of business owners in Maine are foreign-born and generate total net business income of $120 million. Undocumented immigrants paid $3.7 million in Maine state and local taxes in 2010, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. If they were to have legal status, they would pay $4.5 million in state and local taxes, including $2.9 million in sales taxes and $1.1 million in state income taxes."

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