USA Today: No Back Taxes in Immigration Action

USA Today reports that President Obama misspoke when he said that immigrants living illegally in the U.S. would have to “pay any back taxes” in order to qualify for work papers under the plan he initiated via executive action. In the prepared part of his speech at an immigration town hall in Nashville, Tennessee, on Dec. 9, Obama correctly noted that in order to register, qualified immigrants would have to “pay taxes, contribute more fully to our economy,” but erroneously added the “back taxes” line.

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