Legal Status for Dreamers Boosts NY Tax Revenue

April 26, 2017. In an article discussing the findings of a 50-state report by The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and co-released in New York with FPI, David Dyssegaard Kallick, Director of FPI’s Immigration Research Initiative, was quoted.

The Trump administration is sending mixed messages about whether those granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status by the Obama administration will be deported or allowed to stay and work legally. David Dyssegaard Kallick, director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, said he believes one consideration should be the contributions young immigrants are making, in New York and nationally.

“DACA recipients contribute $140 million to New York state and local tax revenues,” he said. “So, we wanted to show the very substantial contribution of young people who are, in all kinds of ways, making real contributions to the economy and to our state’s society.”

“These are people who are working, they’re people who are going to school, they’re serving in the military,” he said. “Why would we want to be deporting these kids, who grew up side-by-side with my kids in school? It just doesn’t make sense.”

Here is the link to the Public News Service.