How Deportations Affect the U.S. Economy

How Deportations Affect the U.S. Economy

Whenever the government pushes for mass deportations of undocumented immigrants, people usually think about the human element. Things like trying to keep families together, particularly for those who are DACA recipients, and finding decent paying jobs, are at the forefront of the conversation. Although very important, there are other negative things that can happen as a result. One thing that people might not always consider, whether you are for or against mass deportation, is how the U.S. economy will actually be affected. Will we see an increase or decrease in the economy overall? Although we can’t be certain as to how mass deportations will impact the country, below we discuss some of the ways in which they can .
  1. Loss of spending revenue
Regardless of whether a person is documented or not, they are a part of the U.S. economy. Everyone living in the U.S. has regular expenses, like food and electricity, all of which serve to boost local economies no matter what your immigration status may be. In fact, your immigration status actually has nothing to do with whether your spending is beneficial to the U.S. economy because all of these kinds of expenditures will have a positive impact on spending revenue. This holds true even if people who are undocumented are unwilling to file taxes, because a majority of them are productive and contributing members of society. 2. Decrease in tax revenue Many people like to argue that undocumented immigrants do not pay taxes. However, research shows that immigrants actually pay billions per year in taxes, which makes any such argument simply untrue. Additionally, the cost of detaining and deporting people is enormous! So not only would there be a decrease in revenue, but there will be an increase in the countries expenditures - causing an overall certain loss to the country’s economy. 3. Uneven economic impact across states Another impact that deportations have on the country is at the state level. Certain states, like California, Texas, and New York, simply have more undocumented immigrants in their societies. By forcing mass deportations on the entire country, the government might not realize just how negative the impact can be on these state’s economies. Some sectors could lose millions of workers and cause many smaller, local businesses to suffer. 4. Limited workforce Because of the nature of undocumented immigrant’s presence in the U.S., many of the jobs that they take on are jobs that are difficult to fill (e.g. they are less desireable positions). As a result, certain industries, like farming and construction, are very negatively impacted by mass deportations. Many Americans don’t realize just how difficult the work undocumented immigrants perform often is, and so are unlikely to step into those empty positions once those workers are removed. This is particularly true if the company is very small, and they may be unable to stay afloat if they see a sudden and drastic change in their workforce. 5. Speak with a trusted immigration lawyer today. If you are an undocumented immigrant and are concerned about getting deported, it’s important that you speak with a trusted and experienced immigration lawyer as soon as possible. Facing deportation alone is scary for you and your family, so making sure that you are properly represented is the best thing you can do. At Landerholm Immigration, we know what it takes to obtain positive outcomes in immigration cases. If you or someone you love is facing deportation, contact us at (510) 756-4468 to speak to our representative and to book your legal consultation today!
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