USA today published an article citing a study by the Partnership for a New American Economy that forecasts the economic benefits if the Dream Act were to pass. According to the article, the forecast estimate the addition of 329 billion dollars and 1.4 million jobs over the next two decades. Most of the reason lies in the fact that dreamers will have better access to school and high education. Additionally, the Dream Act allows for granting more visas to foreign students that specialize in courses like engineering, science and other technologies.
Of course the article is not without its critics. Namely, The Center for Immigration Studies who opposes the passage of the Dream Act, says that the economic contributions are so insignificant compared to the larger U.S. economy that they had to cite the study over two decades to make it look meaningful. Even if true, they don’t refute the contribution potential. You can read the full article here.