Obama Immigration Order Would Boost N.J.’s Sputtering Economy, Group Says
More than 200,000 unauthorized immigrants living in New Jersey could provide a much-needed boost to the state’s sputtering economy if President Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy were allowed to proceed, according to a report by New Jersey Policy Perspective.
Released in advance of a federal district court hearing in Texas Friday challenging the president’s executive order, the report predicts New Jersey would see 1,500 jobs and $29 million in state and local taxes added to its economy each year.
The executive order would protect from deportation 55,000 children in New Jersey who were brought to America before they were 16, and would allow 146,000 parents of children who are legal immigrants to apply for work authorization. Another 277,000 immigrants who entered the country illegally would not qualify, according to the report.
“These federal actions on immigration are a clear, simple and important step forward for millions of immigrants across the nation. And as a state with many immigrants, New Jersey clearly has a lot to gain,” says New Jersey Policy Perspective policy analyst Erika J. Nava, the author of the brief for the left-leaning group.
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