Top 5 Economic Benefits from the President’s "Deferred Action" Immigration Announcement

Sarah Jane Glynn
Date of Publication: 
July, 2012
Source Organization: 
Center for American Progress

U.S. President Barack Obama announced on June 15 that his administration would stop deporting some undocumented youth ("deferred action") and make them eligible for work authorization.  

According to this article from the Center for American Progress, the policy makes good economic sense in addition to the self-evident humanitarian reasons for letting undocumented youth remain in the country, work and live with legal status. The following are the top five ways the president's announcement will benefit the U.S. economy. It will:  


  1. Promote economic growth for all Americans 
  2. Raise wages for native-born workers 
  3. Better educate this workforce to meet the needs of today’s economy 
  4. Increase federal revenues 
  5. Complement native-born workers

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Glynn, S. J. (2012). "Top 5 Economic Benefits from the President's 'Deferred Action' Immigration Announcement." Retrieved from