Spotlight on the DACA-Eligible Population

New American Economy
Date of Publication: 
September, 2017
Source Organization: 
New American Economy


Although there are currently over 800,000 enrolled in DACA, our analysis of 2013–2015 American Community Survey (ACS) data finds that there are over 1.3 million DACA-eligible people in the United States. Several studies have shown that granting DACA has significant economic benefits, both for DACA holders and the U.S. economy in general. However, significant barriers, including cost, awareness of the policy, and a fear of providing information to the federal government, all contribute to the disparity between the DACA-eligible and DACA-holding population.

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