DACA: 15 numbers & statistics you should know

DACA, also called the Dreamers Act, allows young people who immigrated to the USA as children to temporarily escape deportation and receive other benefits. Started under President Barack Obama in 2012, President Trump revoked the program in 2017. Determined to dismantle everything Obama, the  latest drama played itself out on the world stage January 19, 2018 at midnight when the government shut down.

President Donald Trump and the GOP used DACA and CHIP to leverage funding for their Border Wall.

Trump has flip-flopped on the issue in recent months, leaving DACA’s future uncertain.  Here are 15 numbers and statistics you should know:

1. There are more than 43 million immigrants in the U.S., according to the Migration Policy Institute.

2. About 11 million are undocumented immigrants.

3. An estimated 22 percent of undocumented immigrants are under age 25, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

4. The Migration Policy Institute said in 2016 that about 1.9 million people were eligible for DACA.

5. About 788,000 have had their requests for DACA status accepted, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

6. In order to apply for DACA, immigrants had to be younger than 31 on June 15, 2012.

7. They must have come to the U.S. before turning 16. They must have lived in the U.S. since June 15, 2007.

8. In a Center for American Progress survey of roughly 3,000 DACA recipients, nine-tenths of respondents said they had jobs.

9. Their average hourly wage was $17.46 an hour, up from $10.29 before receiving DACA.

10. About 72 percent of respondents were in higher education.

11. After getting DACA, nearly 80 percent of respondents said they got driver’s licenses. About half became organ donors.

12. A Morning Consult poll from April found that 56 percent of registered voters said Dreamers, another name for people who came to the U.S. as kids, “should be allowed to stay and become citizens if they meet certain requirements.”

13. The Center for American Progress estimated that the U.S. would lose about $460 billion in GDP over the next 10 years without DACA.

14. About 700,000 people could lose their jobs.

15. More than 1,800 governors, attorneys general, mayors, state representatives, judges, police chiefs and other leaders signed onto a letter supporting Dreamers and DACA recipients.

Source: Newsweek.com  8/30/17