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Dreamers are Good for the Economy, Says Study
The radical right is falling all over itself to kick Dreamers out of the country, but research from the Center for American Progress shows that passing a clean DREAM Act to let them stay would have a positive impact on the country’s economy.
According to the study, keeping these kids here in America, where they work and contribute to society, would add hundreds of billions of dollars to the country’s bottom line over the next ten years and beyond.
“Passing the Dream Act, and placing all of the potentially immediately eligible workers on a path to legal status, would add a total of $22.7 billion annually to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP),” the study says. “Because the gains from legalization grow each year, the cumulative increase in GDP over 10 years would be $281 billion.”
But how does that translate for the everyday American? The study breaks down the numbers.
“On a per capita basis, passing the Dream Act would ultimately raise the average incomes of all Americans by between approximately $82 and $273, annually.”
So when the GOP says they want to give Dreamers the boot, what they are also saying is that they want to take money out of the pockets of everyday Americans. That kind of message isn’t really surprising, given the radical right’s penchant for cutting taxes on the rich, thus leaving the middle class to pick up the tab. They don’t want the economy to grow, because if it does, they won’t be able to use it as a tool to scare people into voting for their self-serving agenda.
Dreamers are a valuable asset to our nation. They work, pay taxes, and make America a better place to live for everyone. Studies like this put that truth into tangible figures that everyone should be paying attention to because there are less than six months left on the clock for Congress to do something to help these people.