U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen issued a preliminary injunction on February 16 against two of the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS’s, key recent immigration directives: The expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, for older DREAMers, and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA. If the court of appeals does not block it, the ruling will cost the nation and individual states billions of dollars in lost economic benefits and tax revenues, while leaving millions of American families in legal limbo.

A delay in providing temporary legal protections and work permits to eligible immigrants means that the nation and states are losing out on significant economic gains. For example, the Council of Economic Advisers, or CEA, estimates that the November executive action providing deferred action to low-priority individuals will increase the national gross domestic product, or GDP, by nearly $60 billion over the next decade. Apart from the economic losses, there are real human costs to maintaining the status quo. In the long term, stalling the immigration directives prevents individuals from investing in their future, pursuing their careers, and being independent. Both the economic and human costs have the same root cause: These immigrants have long been an integral part of U.S. communities.

Learn more about why delaying executive action on immigration is fiscally and economically counterproductive.

SOURCE: Center for American Progress