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November 21, 2014

New Jersey Policy Perspective’s Erika Nava estimates that about 204,000 of New Jersey’s estimated 525,000 undocumented residents will be affected by President Barack Obama’s announced executive action program on immigration. The centerpiece of the program would enable parents of U.S. citizens to defer any deportation by registering for a new program that requires them to submit to criminal background checks, pay taxes, and in return get a work permit.

According to Nava, the executive order is a positive step. “The executive actions will remove substantial economic barriers faced by the undocumented, increase state and local tax collections, and help shrink New Jersey’s underground economy.”

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