The 690,000 young people who are currently DACA recipients are our friends, our neighbors, our classmates, and our co-workers. They are Americans in every way, except on paper, and we must ensure they stay here.
DACA recipients are deeply entwined with the fabric of American life. They are teachers, students, pastors, members of the military, business owners, Eagle Scouts, computer programmers, and much more. In fact, a recent study found that 90 percent of DACA recipients are employed. DACA recipients contribute an estimated
$42 billion to the U.S. economy every year, according to a recent report.
The U.S. faces a worker shortage and a widening skills gap that hurt productivity and innovation. DACA recipients are crucial to countering these shortages and creating jobs that benefit all workers in the U.S.
Many DACA recipients were so young when they were brought to the U.S. that they have no memory of any other home. Some didn’t even realize they were here illegally until it came time for them to apply for college or a job.