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Dear Friends,

Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the president's decision to repeal DACA-the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This announcement puts roughly 800,000 young adults at risk of deportation---individuals who were brought to the United States by their parents and without a "say."

Because this decision stands to impact members of the community that the Latino Economic Development Center-LEDC was built to serve; we wanted to share some facts about the impact this decision could have on our country. While LEDC holds paramount the moral imperative behind opposing this decision; there are also economic considerations that bear no political charge and that are worth noting.

  • The median age of DACA recipients is 22. DACA recipients pay taxes out of their paychecks to their local, state, and federal governments and are in the prime of their working lives. According to a study by, 91% of DACA recipients are employed. All have passed criminal background checks.
  • According to the CATO Institute, repealing DACA and deporting DACA recipients would result in a potential $60 billion loss in tax revenue to the federal government.
  • Discontinuing DACA is forecasted to produce a $280 billion hit to economic growth over 10 years.
  • The economic impact would be felt unevenly across the country based on the concentration of DACA participants living in different states. For example, California, with 188,000 DACA workers would suffer a GDP loss of $11.3 billion per year, Texas would lose $6.1 billion in GDP annually and North Carolina would lose $1.9 billion a year.
  • LEDC's regional areas of focus would lose the following in annual GDP:
    • District of Columbia $43 million
    • Maryland $480 million
    • Virginia $676 million

Regardless of where one might stand on immigration issues, this data should not be eliminated from discussions around the role that immigrants play in today's economy.

LEDC stands firmly in our belief that our nation should be one that welcomes diversity and provides refuge to people who are suffering from political, social, and economic injustice in their countries of origin. The clients we support represent all walks of life. Some were born here, others were not. All share the desire to make their dreams a reality. We partner with them to build assets, invest in their communities, and contribute financially to the economy. While the moral imperative to welcome immigrants is not shared by all, the economic arguments point definitively to the positive contributions that immigrants make to our country.

Published in LEDC in the News