WATCH: What is DACA?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program that provides relief from deportation and work authorization for those brought to America as children.

Why is DACA important?

DACA has unlocked economic opportunities for roughly 750,000 young people, 700,000 of whom are in the workforce and paying income taxes. In addition to providing work authorization, DACA has allowed young immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, get health insurance, access basic health services, open bank accounts, pay taxes, enroll in college, take out mortgages and car loans, and provide for their families.


What will happen if DACA is repealed?

Removing 700,000 people from the workforce in a single day would cost $433.4 billion in GDP loss over a decade and cost employers $3.4 billion in unnecessary turnover costs. Further, contributions to Medicare and Social Security would be cut by $24.6 billion over a decade.


Other consequences include:

  • Businesses would be forced to shutter. 6% of DACA recipients have launched businesses that employ American citizens. Removing this workforce would send American workers to the unemployment rolls, and halting tax and economic contributions.
  • Consumer purchasing power would shrink drastically. Almost 55 percent of DACA recipients have purchased a vehicle, and more than one in ten have purchased their first home. 750,000 American residents would no longer be able to pay taxes or pay back loans for mortgages, cars, and higher education.
  • Enforcement resources would be foregone. DACA recipients have undergone biometric and biographical criminal background checks. A repeal would subject 750,000 immigrants who have passed thorough background checks and are registered with the government to deportation.


DACA Stories



Saba Nafees is a Dreamer and Ph.D. candidate at Texas Tech. She arrived in the U.S. from Pakistan at age 11 and has known no other home outside of Texas. Under DACA, she has been able to use mathematics to better understand diseases like cancer and teach undergraduate students.


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Jaime is a dreamer and student at Dalton State College in Georgia. He came to the United States when he was only three months old and has known no other home. DACA has opened many doors for Jaime that he didn’t even know were imaginable – to get a job, and give back. Learn about the DACA program and how it allows dreamers like Jaime to contribute to their community.


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