Annual Survey of DACA Recipients

Since 2015, the Center for American Progress, along with Tom K. Wong, United We Dream, and the National Immigration Law Center, have fielded a national survey to analyze the experiences of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. The survey results illustrate the profound impact that DACA has on recipients’ lives and how DACA recipients make substantive contributions to their families, their communities, and the United States overall. Specifically, the results have shown how DACA protections have enabled recipients to access better educational and job opportunities. The demographic data collected by the survey enable policymakers to understand how essential DACA recipients are in the fabric of American society.

Photo shows a young child wearing a white and yellow shirt and a mask with an adult's hand gently touching her head
A young child wearing a "Defend DACA" shirt joins people as they gather for a rally to celebrate the 10th anniversary of DACA in New York City on June 15, 2022. (Getty/Michael M. Santiago)

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DACA Boosts Recipients’ Well-Being and Economic Contributions: 2022 Survey Results Article
People gather for a rally to celebrate the 10th anniversary of DACA.

DACA Boosts Recipients’ Well-Being and Economic Contributions: 2022 Survey Results

The eighth annual survey of DACA recipients shows, yet again, DACA recipients’ many contributions to their communities and the U.S. economy more broadly while highlighting the need for a pathway to citizenship.

DACA Recipients’ Livelihoods, Families, and Sense of Security Are at Stake This November Article
A woman takes part in a New York City march against President Trump's decision to end DACA, September 2017. (Getty/Corbis News/VIEWpress/Kena Betancur)

DACA Recipients’ Livelihoods, Families, and Sense of Security Are at Stake This November

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the fate of DACA, new results show that the initiative remains critical for recipients, their families, and the economy.

Tom K. Wong, Sanaa Abrar, Claudia Flores, 5 More Tom Jawetz, Ignacia Rodriguez Kmec, Greisa Martinez Rosas, Holly Straut-Eppsteiner, Philip E. Wolgin

Amid Legal and Political Uncertainty, DACA Remains More Important Than Ever Article
Lorena Jofre, a DACA recipient, walks her daughter to school before driving to work in Miami, Florida, February 2018. (Getty/Joe Raedle)

Amid Legal and Political Uncertainty, DACA Remains More Important Than Ever

A survey of DACA beneficiaries finds the program has had an outsize effect on participants, their families, and the U.S. economy as a whole—even as recipients face uncertainty about the future.

Tom K. Wong, Sanaa Abrar, Tom Jawetz, 4 More Ignacia Rodriguez Kmec, Patrick O’Shea, Greisa Martinez Rosas, Philip E. Wolgin

DACA Recipients’ Economic and Educational Gains Continue to Grow Article
Activists supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and other immigration issues gather near Trump Tower in New York, August 2017. (AP/Craig Ruttle)

DACA Recipients’ Economic and Educational Gains Continue to Grow

According to the largest study to date, DACA recipients continue to play a critical role in the American economy, gaining higher wages, buying cars and houses, and starting businesses, benefiting the entire nation.

Tom K. Wong, Greisa Martinez Rosas, Adam Luna, 5 More Henry Manning, Adrian Reyna, Patrick O’Shea, Tom Jawetz, Philip E. Wolgin

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