RELEASE: New State-by-State Data Highlights DACA Recipients’ Economic and Family Contributions

Washington, D.C. — As the Supreme Court prepares this November to listen to arguments on whether to reverse three lower court decisions to block the Trump administration’s unlawful termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a new Center for American Progress analysis gives a state-by-state breakdown of DACA recipients economic contributions and family connections in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Among the key findings:

  • Two states, California and Texas, are home to nearly 50 percent of all DACA recipients
  • However, 10 other states are also home to more than 10,000 DACA recipients each. Those states include, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Washington
  • Twelve states are home to more than 5,000 U.S.-born children who have a parent who is a DACA recipient. Those states include, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas
  • DACA recipients are significant contributors to state and local tax bases. They pay more than $1 million annually in 41 states and the District of Columbia, and in 12 states, they pay more than $50 million per state

“The analysis quantifies what was already clear: DACA recipients have deep family and economic ties throughout the United States,” says Nicole Prchal Svajlenka, senior policy analyst with CAP’s Immigration Policy program and author of the analysis. “Allowing DACA to end would sew chaos and confusion, upending the lives of hundreds of thousands of young, hardworking people and their families.”

See the findings for all 50 states and the District of Columbia here.

Related: Resources on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” by the CAP Immigration Team

For more information or to speak to an expert, contact Julia Cusick at  or 202.495.3682.

For more information or to speak to an expert, contact Julia Cusick at or 202.495.3682.