RELEASE: 122 DACA Recipients Are Losing Their Protection Every Day, 851 Each Week that Congress Delays Passing the Dream Act, According to CAP Study

Washington, D.C. ­— More than 7,900 DACA recipients have likely already lost their protection from deportation and work authorization as a result of the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA, according to a new CAP study. The study finds that between September 5, 2017, when the program was terminated, and March 5, 2018, 122 DACA recipients will lose their protection every day and 851 each week. The column includes a ticker that will be updated daily to reflect the thousands of DACA recipients who have lost their status since the Trump administration announced its decision to rescind DACA.

“The urgency to pass the Dream Act comes not only from the need to address the terrible anxiety that hundreds of thousands of young people are feeling today about the prospect of losing DACA in the near future, but also from the need to prevent any more DACA recipients from losing protection right now,” said Tom Jawetz, vice president of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress. “The 22,000 DACA recipients that are losing protection before March 6 will lose their work authorization and be forced out of employment, and many will lose access to a driver’s license and face new, insurmountable barriers to pursuing higher education.”

“The number of DACA recipients that are currently losing their status each day is cause for concern,” said Nicole Prchal Svajlenka, senior policy analyst for Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress. “Even before terminating DACA, the Trump administration established a pattern of arresting and detaining Dreamers, including Daniel Ramirez Medina, Riccy Enriquez Perdomo, and Daniela Vargas. Congress needs to pass the Dream Act now to address this current crisis, which will only get worse come March 6, 2018.”

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