By Manuel Pastor, Justin Scoggins, Jennifer Tran, and Rhonda Ortiz
The Economic Benefits of Immigrant Authorization in California estimated that California would eventually benefit from Latino immigrant legalization by $16 billion annually. This would work towards fixing our budget crisis and restoring our safety net programs.
CSII researchers used a conservative economic model that accounts for the wage “penalty” incurred by the undocumented, assumes a very slow increase in English skills and educational levels, and does not account for gains from future migration. Despite this conservative modeling, the report found that significant immediate and long-term benefits would accrue not only to affected workers, but to the state and nation overall.