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New Center for American Progress Data on Dream Act Economic Boost

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Today, the Center for American Progress (CAP) published new estimates of the economic benefits of passing the Dream Act to states and industries. The data includes estimated GDP increases on state and federal levels and provides a breakdown of DACA-eligible workers in the U.S. in particular industries.

Said Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director of America’s Voice:

Passing the Dream Act is the right thing to do, and it’s also in the economic interest of our country. These data make it clear, again, that Dreamers are already Americans.  They work and contribute just like you.  It’s time for Congress to give them the peace of mind they deserve and pass the Dream Act before the end of the year.

The state-by-state data estimates an annual GDP increase, as well as GDP increases attributed to an “Education Bump.” This refers to an increase in gross domestic product that would result from half of the immediately eligible population in each state achieving lawful permanent resident status after meeting educational requirements—either completing an associate degree or completing two years toward a bachelor’s degree.

Find the new data here.