Immigration Brief: The Cost of a DACA Amnesty
The myth of an amnesty benefiting taxpayers
Center for Immigration Studies
By Steven A. Camarota and Bryan Griffith
January 8, 2018
As the termination date for the unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program approaches, congressional leaders continue to look for a resolution. Any resolution must take into account the cost of an amnesty for this generally low-education, low-skilled population. Dr. Steven Camarota, CIS director of research, discusses the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, which estimated a cost of $26 billion for a ”Dreamer” amnesty.
Approximate Active DACA Recipients: total registered 689,800
Country of Birth As of September 4, 2017:
- Mexico – 548,000 or 79.4%,
- El Salvador – 25,900 or 3.7%
- Guatemala – 17,700 or 2.6%
- Honduras- 16,000 or 2.3%
- All others are less than 1.2%
DACA ages as of 9/4/2017 : Average Age 23.8, Median Age 23.0
Education and work profiles of DACA according to Migration Policy as of 08/2014. They consider that there should be 1,193,000 at that time.
- Enrolled in secondary schools 365,000 or 31%
- Completed HS but not enrolled in college 396,000 or 33%
- Enrolled in College 241,000 or 20%
- Completed some college 134,000 or 11%
- Completed at least a Bachelors degree 57,000 or 5%
- Nearly 83% were single, only about 17% fit in married or other categories
- Just under 53% were female and just over 47% were male
DACA eligible in the workforce only comprised 1.3% of the total of 48.9 million in workforce between 16-32 age range in 2014. Conclusion, there would be NO meaningful impact in workforce employment or wages if they were no longer available. However, due to financial circumstances more of DACA attending secondary schools were actually like to be employed to pay for their education.
The facts versus the fiction of those included under the Obama DACA executive order are a lot more telling than those who are demonstrating and protesting in Congress would have us believe.
I refuse to drink their Kool-aide — holding budget hostage over less than 0.0037 of the entire population at January 2017 (especially given that these are NOT legally in the country if they have not qualified or applied for citizenship at this point) is totally illogical.