Dreamers are deeply integrated in the United States
Dreamers have grown up in America, have formed deep ties in their communities, and contribute tremendously in every state across the country.
FWD.us estimates that there are nearly 2.3 million Dreamers living in the United States today, according to the definition provided in the Dream Act of 2023. Of these, nearly 590,000 are currently protected by the DACA policy.
On average, Dreamers have lived in the United States for 17 years, and are on average 25 years old. Nearly three-fourths (73%) have graduated high school, and about 1 in 10 have some college education. An additional 600,000 are K-12 students.
For many Dreamers, America is home to family, including their U.S. citizen children, siblings and extended family. Nearly 1 million U.S. citizens live with a Dreamer as defined by the 2023 Dream Act, including 750,000 U.S. citizen children who have at least one Dreamer parent, and 200,000 U.S. citizen spouses.
Some 6 in 10 Dreamers are in the labor force, working in every industry of the economy, including as nurses, teachers, and first responders. And nearly half are working in industries facing job-opening rates of 5% or above.
Dreamers contribute significantly to the U.S. economy, adding $45 billion to GDP annually, as well as paying $13 billion annually in combined federal, state, and local taxes. Providing Dreamers a pathway to citizenship would increase these contributions significantly.
A pathway to citizenship for Dreamers remains an overwhelmingly popular bipartisan policy. Polling from October 2022 shows that 8 in 10 voters—including a majority of Republican voters—support a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers.