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Survey: DACA Recipients Continue To Make Economic Strides

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Survey: DACA Recipients Continue To Make Economic Strides


Tom Wong, political science professor, UC San Diego


As the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program hangs in the balance, a new nationwide survey by UC San Diego political science professor Tom Wong shows DACA continues to have a positive impact on the lives of young immigrants and the economy.

The progressive nonprofit policy institute Center for American Progress released the survey of DACA recipients.

Among the survey findings:

–97 percent of respondents said they were employed or enrolled in school.

–5 percent of respondents started their own business after receiving DACA, outpacing the general population.

–The hourly wage of respondents increased by 69 percent since receiving DACA, from $10.29 per hour to $17.46 per hour.

DACA is an Obama-era program that shields some immigrants who were brought to the country as children from deportation. There are nearly 800,000 recipients of the program in the U.S.

RELATED: Trial For First Known DACA Deportee Gets Green Light In San Diego

The Trump administration is facing a September 5 deadline from a group of Republican attorneys general. They want the President to phase out the program or they say they will sue the federal government.

Tom Wong, UC San Diego political science professor and co-author of the report, discusses the survey findings Tuesday on Midday Edition.


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