New National Survey of DACA Recipients: Proof That Executive Action Works


New National Survey Released Today by United We Dream, National Immigration Law Center and the Center for American Progress

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Adam Luna | 202.486.3020 | adam@unitedwedream.org

Washington, DC – Today, United We Dream, the National Immigration Law Center, the Center for American Progress and Professor Tom Wong of the University of California, San Diego  released a new survey report of 1,308 DACA beneficiaries. This is the third national survey of DACA recipients conducted by United We Dream leaders, all of which have shown tremendous benefits of the DACA program.

This year’s survey findings can be found here, previous national United We Dream survey of youth with DACA from 2015 can be found here, the 2014 DACA survey can be found here and UWD’s national survey of the LGBTQ immigrant community can be found here. The research is part of United We Dream’s commitment to ensuring that immigrant youth and families aren’t just the subjects of research, but that immigrant youth conduct the research as well.

Key findings of the survey,  include:

  • 95% currently working or in school
  • 48% got a job with better working conditions
  • 63% got a better paying job
  • 90% got a driver’s license or state ID
  • 54% bought their first car
  • 12% bought their first home
  • 41% have an immediate family member who is a U.S. citizen over the age of 18, 80% of whom are registered to vote

Greisa Martinez, Advocacy Director of United We Dream said/dijo:

“When politicians talk about “executive action” I want them to know that DACA is what Executive Action looks like. In my family, some of us qualify for DACA, like my sister and I. Some of us are undocumented, like my mom. And some of us are U.S. citizens like my two sisters who are planning to vote this year. In fact, this survey shows that fully 41 percent of DACA recipients like me have a U.S. citizen family member, like my sisters, who are over the age of 18 and 80 percent of them are registered to vote.”

“Cuando los políticos hablan de una “acción ejecutiva” quiero que sepan que DACA demuestra no tan solo los beneficios, pero la población y las caras impactadas cuando se platica sobre la Acción Ejecutiva. En mi familia, algunos de nosotros califican para DACA, como yo y mi hermana. Algunos de nosotros son indocumentados, como mi madre. Y algunos de nosotros son ciudadanos de EE.UU.s como mis dos hermanas que tienen previsto votar este año. De hecho, esta encuesta muestra que el 41 por ciento del total de beneficiarios de DACA como yo tienen un familiar ciudadano de EE.UU. quien, al igual que mis hermanas, son mayores de 18 años y demuestra que 80 por ciento de ellos están registrados para votar.”

“En United We Dream, creemos que cuando compartimos nuestras historias, podemos cambiar el mundo. Es nuestra esperanza que este estudio proporcione una visión de la vida, luchas, esperanzas y sueños de las casi 800.000 personas jóvenes que se benefician de DACA y que anime a más gente joven a aplicar para el programa.”

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 55 local groups in 26 states. UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. We seek to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and believe that by empowering immigrant youth, we can advance the cause of the entire community—justice for all immigrants. You can find more about UWD online at www.unitedwedream.org