Economic Contributions by Salvadoran, Honduran, and Haitian TPS Holders: The Cost to Taxpayers, GDP, and Businesses of Ending TPS

Report Author: 
Amanda Baran and Jose Magaña-Salgado with Tom K. Wong
Original Date of Publication: 
April, 2017

Due to extraordingary, temporary, natural disasters in El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti, the United States Congress granted Temporary Protected Status to individuals from those countries currently in the U.S. because returning to their home country would be unsafe. TPS grants individuals work authorization and protection from deportation until the Secretary determines that those immigrants' home countries can safely handle the return of their nationals. "Economic Contributions by Salvadoran, Honduran, and Haitian TPS Holders: The Cost to Taxpayers, GDP, and Businesses of Ending TPS" outlines the reasons for TPS designation for El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti as well as uses American Community Survey data to assess economic cost to the U.S. should those individuals lose TPS protection. From Social Security and Medicare, for example, the U.S. would stand to lose nearly $7 billion over the next ten years if all Salvadoran, Honduran and Haitian TPS immigrants are deported.

Since the publication of this report, TPS has been terminated for all three countries.

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 The Cost to Taxpayers, GDP, and Businesses of Ending TPS

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Baran, A., Magaña-Salgado, J., & Wong, T. K. (2017). Economic Contributions by Salvadoran, Honduran, and Haitian TPS Holders: The Cost to Taxpayers, GDP, and Businesses of Ending TPS (Policy Report) (p. 11). Washington, D.C.: Immigrant Legal Resource Center. Retrieved from https://www.ilrc.org/sites/default/files/resources/2017-04-18_economic_c...

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