New Jersey would experience the largest loss in economic activity in the country if the United States were to suddenly deport all of its estimated 11.3 million undocumented immigrants. The blow to the economy would be equal to 4.9 percent of the state’s Gross Domestic Product, according to New Jersey Policy Perspective, or a loss of $25.9 billion. Although other immigrant-heavy states would see greater losses (California’s would be $103 billion), it is the largest of any state when taken in the context of the size of the state’s economy.
Johanna Calle, program coordinator of the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, said in a written statement that this proves it is myth that immigrants are taking from, rather than contributing to, our economy.
New Jersey has the third-highest share of undocumented workers in the nation at 7.4 percent — behind California (10.2 percent) and Texas (8.7 percent.)