December 11, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Today, the American Immigration Council releases Only the Beginning: The Economic Potential of Executive Action on Immigration, which looks at the various ways the executive actions on immigration President Obama announced in November will boost the U.S. economy.
Overall, the actions would have a beneficial—if modest—economic impact. Specifically, they are likely to reduce the federal deficit and raise both tax revenue and average wages—all without having any appreciable impact on native-born employment. Much of these economic gains would flow from two actions in particular: creation of a new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program, which would grant temporary relief from deportation, as well as work authorization, to some unauthorized parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents; and expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which offers relief from deportation and work authorization to qualified young adults who were brought to the United States as children. However, research suggests that comprehensive immigration reform legislation would yield even greater economic benefits than the programs created through executive action.