“Without the national Dream Act, Texas can expect to lose at least $79 million in state and local tax revenue,” the CPPP reported. “That’s the projected loss if DACA recipients stay in the state after losing work authorization, earning lower wages and becoming less likely to file income tax returns.”
“I can’t sleep at night,” said Cervantes, 20, whose parents moved the family from Mexico to Houston to find work when he was 5 years old. “I have this huge weight on my shoulders.”
The were protected from deportation for renewable two-year periods.
Still, while DACA’s future is unknown, there are some clear state-level economic impact numbers attached to those who live and work under the program in Texas.
For Texas, a Dream Act would yield an annual $54 million increase for state and local revenue.
Matthew J. O’Brien, director of research at the Federation for American Immigration Reform in Washington, D.C., pointed to a “number of costs associated with the DACA program and some serious down sides,” in an email.
“Researchers estimate that approximately 177,000 young Texas immigrants are potentially eligible for DACA, and they currently contribute a total of $241 million to local and state taxes annually through sales and excise taxes, property taxes and income tax,” according a recent report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities in Austin.