White House Blog on Immigration Action

White House Blog Post: Here’s How the President’s Actions on Immigration Will Impact Your State

By Tanya Somanader

To view the full blog post, click HERE.

“Passions still fly on immigration, but surely we can all see something of ourselves in the striving young student, and agree that no one benefits when a hardworking mom is snatched from her child, and that it’s possible to shape a law that upholds our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.”

— President Obama, State of the Union Address, January 20, 2015

On November 20, 2014, President Obama took executive action to start fixing our broken immigration system so it works better for our people and our economy. The three main pillars of his action include:

·         Making it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as many business leaders have proposed. 

·         Dealing responsibly with certain undocumented immigrants who are DREAMers or parents of citizens or lawful permanent residents, by requiring that they pass background checks and pay their fair share of taxes.

·         Building on our progress at the border and enforcing our immigration laws in smarter, more effective ways.

These actions not only live up to our heritage as a nation but are essential to building on our hopes for a brighter future. In fact, the President’s steps will allow people to contribute more fully to their communities and spark an economic boost for every single state.

Just take a look at California. Here’s what the President’s actions can mean for the Golden State:

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According to recent findings from the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, these executive actions would grow the U.S. economy by $90 billion to $210 billion over the next ten years. For California, that means: 

·         A $11.7 billion increase in the state’s GDP to $27.5 billion over the next ten years.

·         An increase in revenue for California’s budget.

·         An increase in community investment — in schools, homes, and businesses.

·         An boost in the average wage for all U.S.-born workers — in California and across the country — by $170 a year.

Over the next several months, we will profile one state a week to highlight the local economic benefits of the President’s immigration actions and to share what this means for local communities in your state. Stay tuned for Texas and the other states with the largest populations of children or parents that are eligible temporary relief under the President’s actions.

You can learn more about the actions the President took last year and what they mean for America’s future here: www.whitehouse.gov/immigration-action

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