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DACA by the Numbers

Carmen Cornejo
Written by Carmen Cornejo

There are numerous ways DACA benefits its recipients and the country as a whole. Here is the data behind DACA – from reliable sources.

  • Nearly 800,000 people across the country are DACA beneficiaries.
  • 1.1 million people were eligible for DACA in 2014, according to a Pew Research Center estimate.
  • California received the highest number of DACA applications, at 223,000, followed by Texas, New York, Illinois, and Florida.
  • Arizona has approximately 28,000 DACA beneficiaries – one of the higher rates in the country.
  • 95 percent of DACA recipients were working and/or in school, according to a 2016 survey.
  • About 72 percent were enrolled in higher education programs.
  • 54 percent of DACA recipients recently bought their first car, according to a 2016 survey; 12 percent bought a home.
  • 21 percent of DACA recipients work in education and health services – the highest of any other industry, according to a 2016 survey.
  • DACA helped raise wages: According to a 2016 survey, recipients made an average wage of $13.96 an hour, compared to $9.83 an hour before DACA.
  • 98 percent of DACA recipients were bilingual, and most said their ability to speak two languages is an asset to their employer.
  • The economy may lose $460 billion in GDP and about $24 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions if DACA is terminated.
  • 17 percent of DACA beneficiaries were married to an American citizen.
  • 26 percent had a child who is an American citizen.

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