Saturday, May 26th, 2018

The Consequences of Legalization Versus Mass Deportation

"In this report we describe the direct impacts of either deporting or
legalizing undocumented workers.  In reality, the effects would be much
larger.  Mass deportation, for example, would result in an indirect
negative impact on local businesses because there would be less money
circulating in the local economy, which would lead to further job
losses.  The estimates reported here should thus be considered
conservative rather than exhaustive.  We estimate the economic contributions of immigrants, both documented
and undocumented, for seven states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada,
New Mexico, Texas, and Virginia.  These seven states have some of the
largest populations of unauthorized immigrants, and have played and will
continue to play a pivotal role in elections as swing states.  We then
report the negative fiscal impact of four different deportation
scenarios—namely what would happen if 15, 30, 50, or 100 percent of