New DHS Policy Threatens to Undo Gains Made by DACA Recipients

New DHS Policy Threatens to Undo Gains Made by DACA Recipients

Tom K. Wong, Sanaa Abrar, Claudia Flores, Tom Jawetz, Ignacia Rodriguez Kmec, Juliana Macedo do Nascimento, and Philip E. Wolgin, Center for American Progress (October 5, 2020)

A national survey was conducted to look at the experiences of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.  Findings indicated that DACA recipients have contributed to contribute to the economy and society with 91.7% of respondents specifying that they are employed or in school.  A specific finding from this survey found that the recent policy changes made by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) could negatively impact the progress made by recipients of DACA.  These new DHS policy changes include rejecting new applicants and only allowing one-year renewals.  The validity of the memo detailing the new DHS policy updates is a part of an ongoing litigation.