The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington, D.C.; the Partnership for a New American Economy, a group created by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch recently released a study that supports the DREAM Act.
“We’re trying to round out the picture of what the DREAM Act would mean, not only to the individuals who would benefit from it… but also what it would mean for the country as a whole,” Angela Kelley, vice president for immigration policy at the Center for American Progress, told USA Today.
The DREAM Act was proposed to give select undocumented individuals a roadmap to legal permanent residency status in the United States, but the study shows that it could also generate an important boost to the U.S. economy.
The research found that approximately 223,000 eligible young, undocumented immigrants would have an easier time going to and paying for college, which in turn would increase economic gains. Their increased access to college would add 1.4 million jobs and $329 billion to the U.S. economy over a two-decade period, Alan Gomez reported in a recent USA Today article.
“This report proves a fundamental truth about the contributions of immigrants to the American economy,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “We absolutely need them to continue our economic growth.”
President Barack Obama supports the bill, and after it was not passed, created an alternative. Although it is not a path to residency or U.S. citizenship, the deferred action program allows eligible individuals to stay in the United States for two years on a work permit.
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