President’s Immigration Action

How it will impact Idaho

The Economic Impact of Executive Action on Immigration for Idaho

Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians account for growing shares of the economy and population in Idaho. Immigrants (the foreign-born) make up 6% of the state’s population, and one-third of them are naturalized U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote. “New Americans” — immigrants and the children of immigrants — account for 4.2% of registered voters in the state. Immigrants are not only integral to the state’s economy as workers, but also account for billions of dollars in tax revenue and consumer purchasing power. (from Immigration Policy Center)

The President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) details the benefits to Idaho below:

• The executive actions on immigration announced by President Obama last
month are a net boost for both the U.S. economy and Idaho’s economy.
• By encouraging high-skilled immigrants to come and stay in the United States, they will encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, increasing the
productivity of all workers — both immigrants and the U.S.-born.
• By allowing low-priority undocumented workers to come out of the shadows and into the mainstream economy, they will make it easier for both immigrants and U.S.-born workers to find jobs that best suit their skills. And by reducing the uncertainty faced by millions of undocumented immigrants, they will encourage them to invest in themselves and in their communities and in Idaho by going to school, buying homes, and starting businesses.
• An analysis of the executive actions by the Council of Economic Advisers
found that the actions would grow the U.S. economy by $90 billion to $210
billion over the next ten years.
• Given Idaho’s current share of the U.S. economy, CEA’s estimate implies that the actions will increase Idaho’s GDP by $330 million to $780 million over the next ten years.
• This growth in Idaho’s economy will translate into increased revenue for
Idaho’s budget.
• CEA’s analysis also found that the actions would have no impact on the
likelihood of employment of U.S.-born workers, and would raise average wages for U.S.-born workers by $170 a year.

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