by Max Brantley
If the plaintiff states succeed in dismantling these policies, they could actually end up risking economic losses, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress. (Disclosure: ThinkProgress is an editorially independent site housed at the Center for American Progress.) The report found that if the Supreme Court rules against DAPA and DACA, the plaintiff states will lose a combined $91.9 billion in new state GDP over a decade. Additionally, affected state and local governments will miss out on $272 million in annual tax revenue.The article breaks down the potential losses for each state fighting the Obama administration rules. If Rutledge wins, here's the estimate of losses for Arkansas (subtract these values of the immigrant workers and families should they go away)L
Families will also be adversely affected if the Supreme Court decides in the states’ favor. Residents of the plaintiff states stand to lose an estimated $48.4 billion in increased earnings, which is especially relevant given that wages have been stagnant for 40 years.
Aside from the economic consequences, perhaps most worrisome is the potential for the forced separation of millions of family members. According to the Center for American Progress, 2.6 million U.S. citizens live with a DAPA-eligible family member in the plaintiff states, meaning that millions of fathers, mothers, daughters, sisters, brothers, and sons could be torn away from their families.