Monday, June 15, 2015
Cumulative increase in state GDP (gross domestic product): $6,199,000,000From the write up:
Cumulative increase in earnings of all state residents: $4,053,000,000
Cumulative increase in earnings of DAPA- and DACA-eligible workers: $3,378,000,000
Average annual number of jobs created: 780
The reasons why states see such large gains from the deferred action programs are similar to why the whole nation stands to benefit. Nationally, more than half the undocumented individuals have been living in the United States for at least 13 years with the majority of them working in our farms, factories, construction, hotels, and restaurants. If allowed an opportunity to receive temporary work permits, these immigrants will likely experience significant wage gains. These work permits will allow them to get jobs that better match their skills and protect against workplace exploitation such as wage theft. The increase in income of undocumented immigrants means that they will have more to spend on everyday goods and services. This increase in demand will have a ripple effect throughout the state’s economy, increasing the incomes of all state residents and creating jobs for all.Check out the state-by-state economic benefits on the CAP website.