About 89% of DACA recipients are currently employed using DACA-based work authorization, and revoking their ability to work would impose severe costs on the U.S. economy. Without DACA, employers will have to terminate their positions, forcing individuals out of the workforce and leaving critical jobs open.
Ending DACA will cost an average of 22,900 American jobs each month for two years, the equivalent of 1,000 people pushed out of the workforce each business day. In fact, the number of individuals who cannot work will most likely be much higher, as renewal applications are generally taking as long as seven months to process, in addition to a host of complications created by the COVID-19 crisis; many DACA recipients may find their DACA and the ancillary work permit have lapsed in the meantime.
The American Action Forum estimates that removing DACA recipients from the country could cost as much as $21 billion and would reduce GDP by 0.4%, not to mention the incalculable costs to DACA recipients, who have lived the majority of their young lives here, the communities that rely on their work, and the families they support financially, including 250,000 U.S. citizen children who have a parent with DACA.