‘Dreamer’ Migrants Make U.S. Economy Stronger

Promises to keep.

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Economics can be used to identify tradeoffs in public policy by enumerating costs and benefits. President Donald Trump’s decision not to allow the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to continue will create economic costs, if Congress does not act. The U.S. stands to lose hundreds of thousands of productive workers, the value those workers generate, and the taxes those workers pay.

The economic benefits of deporting 690,000 people whose families brought them here illegally when they were children? There are none.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions argues otherwise. In his statement rescinding DACA, Sessions contended that it “denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same jobs to go to illegal aliens.” This reasoning would earn a failing grade in an undergraduate economics course.