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Survey Supports DACA Recipients

According to a recent survey conducted by the Center for American Progress, an independent nonpartisan policy institute “dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans,” DACA has been “unreservedly good” for all Americans:

Economy: Previous research has shown that DACA recipients will contribute $460.3 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product over the next decade—economic growth that would be lost were DACA to be eliminated.

Employment: Work authorization helps DACA recipients participate more fully in the labor force. 91% of survey respondents are currently employed. Among those age 25 and older, employment jumps to 93%.

Earnings: The average hourly wage of survey respondents increased by 69% since receiving DACA. Among those 25 years and older, the average hourly wage increased by 84% since receiving DACA. These higher wages are critical for tax revenues and economic growth at the local, state, and federal levels

Education: Overall, 45% of survey respondents are currently in school, and 72% are pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher. Among those currently in school, a robust 94% said that, because of DACA, “I pursued educational opportunities that I previously could not.”

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