The Cost of a DACA Amnesty

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.

Read More:

Young Illegal Immigrants have Expensive Dreams

CBO Report Casts Doubt on Amnesty Benefits

Lowballing the Economic and Public Safety Costs of a ‘Dreamers’ Amnesty


1.8 Million Immigrants Likely Arrived in 2016 (tap for article)


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

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.


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4 Responses to The Cost of a DACA Amnesty

  1. Whitetop says:

    The Chamber of Commerce has been the target of being the driving force to bring all the illegal aliens into the country. And apparently they want to keep them here once they are in. Based on the data of the number employed it seems the objective of bringing in illegal aliens is different from having cheap labor. So what is the hidden agenda. Figures don’t lie but liars figure.

    • Uriel says:

      good point Whitetop — the reason is very clear – Dems have to have votes…and citizens aren’t really buying their lamenuts excuses now after several things have come to light.

  2. Wise Owl says:

    They turn a blind eye to the illegals and to the employers that hire them for sub-standard wages. It is, defacto, legalized slavery, and those that hire them should be fully prosecuted. Then, without work, the illegals will migrate back to where there are jobs.

    • Uriel says:

      exactly — Democrats have never really given up on cheap “slave” labor…and they need to control those that vote for them so keep the people needy and scared.