Trillions to nation's economy could come from DREAM Act beneficiaries

December 2, 2010 By Letisia Marquez, University of California Los Angeles

Beneficiaries of the DREAM Act, a bill that would grant certain undocumented students and military service members permanent residency in the U.S. and provide a path to citizenship, could contribute trillions to the nation's economy over the next four decades, according to a new study by researchers at UCLA's North American Integration and Development Center.

The study estimates that if 825,000 undocumented youths obtain legal status under the legislation, they would generate $1.4 trillion in income over a 40-year period. If 2.1 million undocumented immigrants become legalized, they would contribute $3.6 trillion in income to the economy over the same period.

"No DREAMers Left Behind: The Economic Potential of DREAM Act Beneficiaries" uses data from an earlier report by the nonprofit Migration Policy Institute, which estimated that 825,000 undocumented youths were very likely to meet all the bill's requirements, which include stipulations that undocumented immigrants must have attended college or served in the military for a minimum of two years while maintaining good moral character.

Two million undocumented immigrants who are between the ages of 18 and 34 could eventually become eligible for the DREAM Act.

"This analysis shows that it is clearly in the nation's interest to enhance the possibilities that as many youth as possible take advantage of the DREAM Act and thus increase the potential benefit to the overall economy," the study's authors write.

"DREAMers make up a highly educated and potentially high-income earning group that can contribute billions of dollars to the U.S. across diverse industries," they add.

Explore further: Providing in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants increases college enrollment

More information: The full study can be found at … mers_left_behind.pdf

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5 / 5 (1) Dec 02, 2010
This model assumes that each makes $42,500 a year. However, this discuses the MARGINAL benefit of DREAM, so the act's effect will be much lower than the stated figures. While I actually think the act would be a good idea, that doesn't mean I have to stand for such obvious marketing. A 40yr some is just an attempt to talk about trillions.
1 / 5 (1) Dec 02, 2010
What a joke. This is nothing but PR for amnesty.

If they join the military for a minimum of 4 years, fine. When they get out, they will have learned valuable traits like loyalty, teamwork, love of country, hard work, accountability. What a wonderful asset they would be to the Latino communities when they get out.

College at in-state rates? NEVER.

There they will learn at the feet of the grievance mongers in academia: how to protest and demand freebies and reparations, how the country they want to adopt them sucks.

This bill is justified by the left as a way to help the poor little children who were brought here by their parents. It's not their fault. No doubt buried in this bill is a way to get the parents on a fast track to citizenship, too. Then there will also be a "family reunification" clause that allows the grandparents, uncles, aunts, et al, to come in and join the party.

This is just more pandering by the Dems to the Undocumented Future Democratic Voters of America.

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