Immigration Brief: The Cost of a DACA Amnesty

The myth of an amnesty benefiting taxpayers

By Steven A. Camarota and Bryan Griffith on January 8, 2018

As the termination date for the unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program approaches, congressional leaders continue to look for a resolution. Any resolution must take into account the cost of an amnesty for this generally low-education, low-skilled population. Dr. Steven Camarota, CIS director of research, discusses the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, which estimated a cost of $26 billion for a ”Dreamer” amnesty.

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