Dreamers Contribute $460.3B to US Economy

Mario A. Godoy
Dreamers Contribute $460.3B to US Economy

Nurses, lawyers, teachers, students and other professionals were among the thousands of Dreamers who journeyed to Washington D.C. to rally outside the Supreme Court and demonstrate the need for immigrants’ rights and provide a face for young people in their 20’s without a country to call home. Nationwide, high school and college students of various immigration status walked out of class in support of preserving DACA. The future of immigrant youth and adults in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be determined by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2020 based on DACA hearings on November 12.

PBS reports there are currently 1.2 million DACA-eligible residents living in the U.S., although only about 703,890 are enrolled in the program. Given the national economic impact of what Dreamers contribute to the GDP, the end of DACA would be a tremendous blow to the U.S. economy.

Dreamer Contributions to the Economy

• DACA recipients paid $4 billion in taxes to the U.S. government in 2017:  the New American Economy

• Ending DACA could cost the US economy $460.3 billion annually: the Chicago Tribune

• The federal government could lose $60 billion should DACA recipients be deported, and U.S. economic growth could shrink by $280 billion: the CATO Institute

• 43,000 DACA-eligible people were also entrepreneurs who own businesses and in turn, employ other workers: the New American Economy

In Overcoming the Odds: The Contributions of DACA-Eligible Immigrants and TPS Holders to the U.S. Economy, the New American Economy said,

Given the large contributions that both TPS holders and DACA-eligible immigrants are making to the U.S. economy, it is clear that any effort to end either of these programs would come with significant economic costs.

Godoy Law Office is an established immigration law firm in Chicago and Lombard with DACA attorneys who are ready to help you interpret the law as it applies in your case and apply for deferred action if you are eligible. Contact us online or call today at 855-554-6369.  

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