June 9, 2018

Economic Gains Provide Another Reason to Support DACA

DACA provides undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S as children with a temporary work visa and the certainty that they won’t be deported. The result has been more than 800,000 individuals enrolled in DACA who have the confidence to build their lives and create strong economic futures for both themselves and their new home country.

90 percent of the DACA-eligible population over age 16 is employed. They largely work in restaurants (155,000), construction (84,000) and grocery (24,000) fields. For those with a college degree, their economic prospects are far more broad. Average income almost doubles for DACA-eligible individuals with a college degree, with the most common fields being accountants/auditors (4,100), registered nurses (3,400) and postsecondary school teachers (3,000).

That translates to a lot of hard working, tax paying individuals. In fact, the DACA-eligible population contributes more than $1.4 billion to federal taxes and more than $1.6 billion to state and local taxes.