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Here's how much DACA deportations would cost your state's economy

  • Trump said Friday he would announce a decision as early as Friday afternoon or over the weekend whether to deport young people brought to the country illegally as children.
  • The loss of nearly 800,000 young immigrant workers would wipe out hundreds of billions of dollars from U.S. gross domestic product, according to groups that support the program.
  • Some Republican lawmakers have urged Trump not to rescind the program, including House Speaker Paul Ryan.

If President Donald Trump decides to deport hundreds of thousands of young people brought to the country illegally as children, the economic impact would be felt from California to Florida.

Trump said Friday he would announce a decision as early as Friday afternoon or over the weekend.

At issue is the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which has shielded nearly 800,000 young immigrants from deportation and allowed them to work in the country.

The loss of those workers, and the paychecks they earn, would wipe out hundreds of billions of dollars from U.S. gross domestic product, according to groups that support the program.

The latest research comes from FWD.us, a pro-immigration reform group co-founded by Mark Zuckerberg, which found that 91 percent of DACA recipients are employed. Canceling the program, which shields those immigrants from deportation, would mean roughly 30,000 a month would lose their work permits as their DACA status expires, the report said.

The research follows a study earlier this year by the Center for American Progress that estimated the loss of DACA workers would reduce U.S. gross domestic product by $433 billion over the next 10 years.

That economic impact would be felt unevenly across the country. California, with an estimated 188,000 DACA workers, would suffer a GDP loss of $11.3 billion a year, according to the CAP research. Texas would lose $6.1 billion in GDP annually, and North Carolina would lose $1.9 billion a year.

Some Republican lawmakers have urged Trump not to rescind the program, including House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

"I actually don't think we should do that," he told a Wisconsin radio station. "This is something that Congress has to fix."

Utah GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch issued a statement Friday urging Trump not to revoke the program to protect "individuals who entered our country unlawfully as children through no fault of their own and who have built their lives here."

But the program faces strong opposition from Republicans at the state level.

In June, 10 Republican state attorneys general urged the Trump administration to rescind the DACA program, noting the government did not have to revoke permits that had already been issued. If the federal government did not withdraw DACA by Sept. 5, the attorneys general said they would file a legal challenge to the program in a Texas federal court.

The 10 who signed the letter represent Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.

A larger coalition of 26 Republican attorneys general had challenged the Obama-era policy covering parents who entered the country illegally, known as DAPA, which had been blocked by the courts before it took effect. The Department of Homeland Security rescinded that policy earlier this year.

(AP and Reuters contributed)

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