Evaluating the Impact of the Registered Provisional Immigrant Program: A Cost-Benefit Analysis

  • Odia Bintou Cissé
Keywords: Immigration, Cost-Benefit Analysis


On June 27, 2013, the Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (referred to as S.744). The bill addresses key elements of the immigration process through five sections. This analysis serves as an ex-ante Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) of the proposed Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) program under Section II of S.744, which would allow undocumented immigrants in the US to obtain legal status. The CBA looks at a 10-year timeframe from 2015 through 2025 and estimates the costs and benefits to four groups: undocumented immigrants, US taxpayers, employers of undocumented immigrants, and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) under a base case scenario, a distributional weight scenario, and a worst-case scenario. Given the positive net benefits observed under the three scenarios, significant evidence recommends the implementation of the RPI program.

Author Biography

Odia Bintou Cissé

ODIA BINTOU CISSÉ recently graduated from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration with her Master of Public Administration.
Odia currently works at an international Non-Governmental Organization, where she provides support to the agriculture and food security portfolio. A travel enthusiast, Odia is originally from Côte d’Ivoire, is fluent in French, and has limited proficiency in Spanish. Odia is also an avid follower of “Humans of New York” and loves to explore DC’s food scene. Odia holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Economics.

In the past, Odia served as an Associate Editor and a Senior Associate Editor with Policy Perspectives, Volume 21 and 22 respectively.