April 26, 2017 | Number of The Day
State and local taxes paid by NJ’s DACA-eligible immigrants

The Trump administration has sent mixed signals on whether it intends to honor the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order in the long term. A decision not to honor it could cost New Jersey some serious cash — $66 million in state and local taxes, according to a new report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

That annual contribution, from New Jersey’s DACA-eligible young immigrants, would increase by $27 million under comprehensive immigration reform. But it would drop by $21 million if DACA protections were lost.

Among the 10 states with the largest DACA-eligible populations, New Jersey has the lowest application rate: Once the rate picks up, tax contributions from these young immigrants would rise.

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