Kentucky Advocate Says DREAM Act Would Boost Local, State Economy

December 22, 2017. This article and radio interview discusses the tax revenue effects that the termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) could create if a permanent solution is not passed by Congress. DACA gave undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States at children the authorization to work and go to school, as well as the protection from detention or deportation. This article use FPI’s data and argues that DACA allowed this immigrant population to support the economy and if a solution is not implemented, they will be working jobs with lower wages.

Kentucky’s 6,000 Dreamers — people eligible for the now-rescinded Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program — contribute $8 million in local and state taxes annually, according to the Fiscal Policy Institute. That includes sales, property and income taxes.

“Dreamers are important to our community,” said Baumann. “They go to school with our kids, they are working in our local economy, they’re going to college, they’re helping out their families and their neighbors. They’re just like the native born Kentucky young people that we know who are so important to our communities and our economies.”

Here is the link to the full interview.

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