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Economic Impact of the Immigration Platforms

The Economic Impact of the Republican and Democratic Immigration Platforms

The Center for American Progress Action Fund today released the infographic “The Economic Impact Of The Republican and Democratic Immigration Platforms.” The platform adopted by Republicans doubles down on nearly every extreme enforcement tactic with the goal of “self-deportation,” or driving all undocumented immigrants out of the country. In contrast, the platform adopted by Democrats calls for the practical, forward-looking reforms that were once embraced by leaders in both parties, including former President George W. Bush.

In this infographic we illustrate what would happen to our economy during the four years of the next presidential administration based on the respective immigration policies of the two political parties. Specifically, we look at the consequences for overall economic growth, jobs, and taxes of either deporting 11.5 million undocumented immigrants, including 8 million workers (as the Republican platform would do) versus enabling them to earn legal status (as the Democratic platform would do).


The Center for American Progress Action Fund is the sister advocacy organization of the Center for American Progress. The Action Fund transforms progressive ideas into policy through rapid response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing and advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders throughout the country and the world. The Action Fund is also the home of the Progress Report.

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