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The Economic Impact of Mass Deportations in the U.S.

The Economic Impact of Mass Deportations in the U.S.

A recent article highlights the devastating economic impact that mass deportations could have on the United States. Deportation of all immigrants with no legal status in the U.S. would affect about 6.6 million U.S. citizens, 5.7 million of whom are children. This is due to the fact that there are at least 3.3 million mixed-status households in the U.S., or households in which both American citizens or immigrants legally present in the U.S. and immigrations with no legal immigration status reside. Sixty-nine percent of these individuals have been in the U.S. for ten years or more. Financially supporting just a third of the children left behind in the U.S. after their parents are deported would cost $118 billion. Median income for mixed-status households would be cut in half, from about $40,000 to $20,000, which would plunge thousands of households into poverty. There also would be a significant impact on the economic status of the U.S. overall; over ten years, the reduction in the gross domestic product (GDP) would total 4.7 trillion. Additionally, with 2.4 million mortgages potentially facing foreclosures, the stability of the U.S. housing market would be at serious risk. The impact of mass deportations on the American job market also would be significant. Currently, the U.S. labor force includes 7.6 million workers with no legal immigration status. Contrary to the popular belief that immigrants with no legal status are invisible in our country, or not a part of our nation’s economy, the absence of 7.6 million workers would definitely leave some industries, in particular, in desperate straits. Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., has the experience that you need when you are facing deportation charges, which are becoming more and more common each day. We know how to gather the facts that are relevant to your case, assess your options, and determine whether you have any legal defenses that may enable you to avoid deportation and remain in the United States. Contact the Oakland immigration attorneys at our office today and learn how we potentially can help you and your family through this difficult situation.

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