For my White Paper proposal this week, I decided to narrow my focus on economic impacts of illegal immigration to just the DREAM (Diplomatic, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act.
Previously explained in my first White Paper proposal, the DREAM act lobbies for young people to be granted United States citizenship if they complete high school here as well as some college or military service in America. There are currently 2.1 million young people in America that would be eligible for this citizenship. One article estimates that the passing of the DREAM act would result in $329 billion to the economy and add 1.4 million new jobs in America by 2030. By passing the DREAM Act, many of these bright young people would be more motivated to continue with their education if they were allowed to stay in the United States. This would lead to these people to successful careers and higher earnings. Allowing these people to become US citizens also allows the country to tax them on state and federal household income as well as federal business tax to generate revenues. One graph highlights the states with the greatest economic benefits from passing the DREAM act, the highest being California which will bring in an estimated $97.7 billion from over 550,000 DREAMers. The infographic above shows visually why the DREAM Act is beneficial for our economy (Source: here )
Opponents of the DREAM Act argue that if we grant certain illegal immigrants citizenship it will encourage more illegal aliens to come to America because they know their children will be granted citizenship. Additionally, financial aid for colleges would be shared among native born Americans and DREAM Act students, making financial aid more competitive and spread thin. Opponents advocate for STAPLE (Stop Trained in America PhD’s from Leaving the Economy), and allow for these people to stay exempt from green cards and work visas to keep their knowledge and education within the country.
The audience for my white paper will be members on Congress, seeing as Congress still has to pass the DREAM Act, while the House already has. Therefore, I will lay out the pros and cons of the DREAM Act and make a suggestion to Congress on what I think they should do.
On another note, for a business side perspective for illegal immigration, I looked on the US Chamber of Commerce website. There were a few letters about the illegal immigration control act. I found one article about the US Chamber defending the Pennsylvania Immigration Act in 2008, which states. The Chamber of Commerce does not support businesses hiring illegal immigrants.
I will also use this video of Bill Gates advocating for immigration reform as it helps create jobs and keep America’s innovation competitive.