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Eduardo Porter

Immigration’s Burden Doesn’t Fall on a ‘Handful of Red States’

Shipping asylum seekers north may garner headlines for the Republican governors of Florida and Texas, but such political stunts rest on a vast misunderstanding of immigration’s true costs and benefits.

Massachusetts bears more of a fiscal burden per immigrant than Florida does. 

Massachusetts bears more of a fiscal burden per immigrant than Florida does. 

Photographer: Carlin Stiehl for The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Who bears the burden of immigration? Governors Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida have made much of their claim that their jurisdictions do so disproportionately, and those run by Democrats obviously do not.

“Every community in America should be sharing in the burdens,” DeSantis said after he plucked 50 Venezuelan asylum seekers from Texas and flew them to Massachusetts. “It shouldn’t all fall on a handful of red states.”