Maloney: A Permanent DACA Fix Isn’t Just the Moral Thing to Do, it’s the Smart Economic Choice

Jan 19, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), House Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, is continuing to fight for a permanent DACA fix so that Dreamers can live their American dream. She argues that not only is the moral thing to do, but it is also in our nation’s economic self-interest.

“Congress is on a collision course regarding the fates of nearly 800,000 Dreamers. These young people are Americans in all ways but on paper. Many have never lived outside the U.S. and know no other language than English and yet, the Trump Administration wants to deport them to countries which they have never called home.

“I, like most Americans, support the Dreamers out of compassion, but we know for others that compassion isn’t enough. So how about national economic self-interest?

“As the Ranking House Democrat on the Joint Economic Committee, I am tasked with studying our nation’s economic issues and I have learned that one of the major challenges facing the U.S. economy is the slow growth of our labor force. We need energetic and hard-working young people – like the Dreamers. In fact, economists predict that deporting Dreamers will hurt our economy. The conservative Cato Institute estimates that such a mass deportation would result in a $280 billion reduction in economic growth over the next decade.

“So, while Congress should listen to the American people and support the Dreamers on moral grounds, if that is not enough, how about national economic self-interest?”