An Update on the DACA Situation


On September 5th, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program on the orders of President Donald Trump. DACA provided legal status for illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States as minors. DACA recipients are commonly known as “Dreamers” for the circumstances of their arrivals in the U.S. and the reasons they were allowed to stay – pursuing the American Dream. With the full termination of the program coming on March 5, 2018, the 788,000 Dreamers who are currently protected by DACA will face an uncertain world and possible deportation if Congress does not pass a law addressing their situation.

According to the the Center for American Progress, without DACA recipients, the United States could see a reduction in GDP of roughly $460 billion. Roughly 9 out of 10 Dreamers have jobs, and 73% are in higher education, meaning they are one of the largest reserves of human capital in the U.S. The arguments against eliminating DACA are both economic and humanitarian. Many families could be torn apart, progress in education could slow down, and crime and poverty rates could rise if DACA recipients are no longer employable or able to take on good-paying jobs.

As of now, the future of DACA is cloudy and unclear, and the effects of its rescission are already showing themselves. Current DACA recipients have already expressed concerns over pursuing employment and education, and fears of deportation are already rising. Even Mr. Trump may not know what comes next, and that is a truly scary thought.