American Values, Jobs at Stake in DACA Debate

The federal government could be forced to shut down again if President Trump and Congress can’t reach an agreement about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects almost 800,000 young people who came to this country as minors.

Americans in All but Paperwork. Seventy percent of Americans don’t want to deport DACA recipients. These young people came here—the only country most of them know—at an average age of 6-and-a-half. They qualified for DACA by having nearly spotless criminal records and being enrolled in high school or having a high school diploma or equivalent.

Doing Right by America. With temporary protection from deportation and work permits:
  • Sixty percent say they’ve found jobs better-suited to their education and training, with their earnings increasing 80 percent.
  • Twenty percent are enrolled in college, and five percent have earned bachelor’s degrees.
  • Five percent have founded their own businesses.
  • Almost a thousand are currently serving in the military.
American Jobs Are at Stake. Eliminating DACA would cost the economy an estimated $460.3 billion over a decade, risking 700,000 jobs for DACA recipients and many other jobs for US citizens. Why spend taxpayer dollars deporting these aspiring Americans?