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State-by-State Analysis of the Economic Impact of DACA, DAPA, and DACA Expansion

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on June 16, 2015 at 9:08 AM

Originally published on Center for American Progress on June 15, 2015 by Sylvia Mathema.

In November 2014, millions of Americans and their families watched and rejoiced together as President Barack Obama announced a series of immigration directives to strengthen border security, focus immigration enforcement on serious threats, and temporarily defer the deportations of 5 million eligible undocumented immigrants. Specifically, the directives included two programs: the expansion of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program—which would provide temporary relief to immigrants that came to the United States as children—and the creation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA, program, which would grant temporary reprieve from deportation to parents of U.S. citizens and permanent resident children.

A recent CAP report, ”Assessing the Economic Impacts of Granting Deferred Action Through DACA and DAPA,” estimated that the deferred action programs—DACA, DAPA, and expanded DACA—will grow the U.S. economy cumulatively by $230 billion over 10 years. The analysis in this interactive takes that methodology a step further and updates a 2013 CAP issue brief and estimates the substantial economic benefits that individual states will see from these programs. The following interactive shows the impact that the three deferred action programs will have on state gross domestic product, or GDP, gains in income, and creation of jobs over 10 years, in 37 states and Washington D.C.


Read more and find the interactive map, here: