The politics of passing the Dream Act has often been a frustrating and divisive issue. A recent study conducted by North American Integration and Development Center at UCLA try to cut through the political rhetoric and put a dollar number to the benefits of passing the legislation. According to the study,
“…2.1 million undocumented immigrants would become legalized and generate approximately $ 3.6 trillion” over a 40-year period. Another positive effect of the DREAM Act would be that “[a] higher supply of skilled students would also advance the U.S. global competitive position in science, technology, medicine, education and many other endeavors”
This is a significant finding when you consider the U.S. will not be able to find enough skilled and educated workers in the coming decades. You can find the report here.