Critics of the DREAM Act have long focused on the legal, ethical, and logistical concerns regarding the bill, but a new report by a progressive think tank claims passing the DREAM Act will add $392 billion to the U.S. economy.
In a new analysis by the Center for American Progress, authors say passage of the DREAM Act, a bill creating a path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants, would jump-start the economy and create 1.4 million new jobs by 2030.
“We find in this report that enabling these 2.1 million eager-to-be-Americans to contribute boosting the American economy,” said authors Juan Carlos Guzmán and Raul C. Jara, from the Center for American Progress.
The authors argue that enabling the children of undocumented immigrants to seek their path to citizenship would allow the youth to become more productive members of society, which translates into higher earnings for these young people, and would in turn benefit the economy as a whole.
According to the Desert News, the authors also dismiss the argument that DREAMers would displace American workers, giving two reasons. First, they believe that immigrants tend to complement the skills of native workers rather than compete with them. Secondly, research demonstrates that an increased number of college-educated immigrants would directly increase the U.S. gross domestic product, meaning more jobs for American workers.
The CAP analysis was co-sponsored by the Partnership for the New American Economy, which Bloomberg created with News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch.
The bill was first introduced in 2001, but was killed by Senate Republicans in 2010. President Barack Obama has promised to push the bill forth if re-elected.