More than 60 percent of DACA recipients have been able to earn more money because of their DACA status to help family members financially, according to one national survey.
The National Immigration Law Center (NILC), an immigration advocacy group, and the left-leaning Center for American Progress worked with Tom K. Wong of the University of California, San Diego to lead a national survey studying the economic and educational outcomes of DACA receivers.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was enacted during Obama’s second term and allowed people who entered the country illegally as minors to avoid deportation and establish work permits.
Applying for DACA
In order to be eligible, applicants provided proof of residence within the United States, proof of education and confirmation of ID cards. A background check that included fingerprints was also required in addition to a $495 fee.
About 800,000 people are in DACA programs and their wages have risen since participants gained work authorization. Their jobs now match their skills and training and they have more time to invest in higher education according to the study.
DACA has increased wages by 45 percent on average, moving from $11.92 an hour to $17.29 an hour.
DACA participants have access to social security, the opportunity to build a credit score and be legally employed with health benefits.
Survey claims DACA improves the lives of its beneficiaries
The survey outlines other factors that have improved for those enrolled in the program.
- 69 percent get a job with better pay
- 89 percent receive their driver’s license or state ID
- 92 percent are in school and pursued education opportunities
- 45 percent average wage increase after DACA
The participant’s access to benefits from the program will expire in March without congressional action.