New CAP Analysis Estimates Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Failure to Provide Legislative Immigration Solution With Pathway to Citizenship
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 9, 2015) — The Center for American Progress released a new analysis that compares the 10-year potential economic impact of three scenarios: no executive action on immigration, the implementation of deferred action — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents programs — and Congress passing legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for the millions of immigrants in the United States.
The analysis found that each day that the United States fails to advance a rational and humane approach to the nation’s broken immigration system, the country misses out on the following significant economic benefits:
- A $230 billion cumulative increase in gross domestic product, or GDP, through deferred action versus a $1.2 trillion increase in GDP through legislative action with a pathway to citizenship
- A $124 billion cumulative increase in the income of all Americans through deferred action versus a $625 billion increase through legislative action with a pathway to citizenship
- An average of 29,000 new jobs created annually through deferred action versus 145,000 new jobs through legislative action with a pathway to citizenship
“Deferred action programs are an important interim step toward a long-term solution, and while they will produce significant economic and fiscal gains, those gains still pale in comparison to the economic, fiscal, and common-sense benefits that America would reap from legislative reform that includes a pathway to citizenship,” said Silva Mathema, CAP Policy Analyst and author of the analysis. “The status quo is simply too costly to our country.”
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- Assessing the Economic Impacts of Granting Deferred Action Through DACA and DAPA by Silva Mathema
- The Economic Effects of Granting Legal Status and Citizenship to Undocumented Immigrants by Robert Lynch and Patrick Oakford