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Two years after the initiation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, beneficiaries of DACA have experienced a pronounced increase in economic opportunities, according to a national survey released by the American Immigration Council and conducted by Roberto G. Gonzales, Ph.D. and Angie M. Bautista-Chavez with support from MacArthur. The MacArthur-supported survey shows that DACA, which provides a two-year renewable reprieve from deportation and allows beneficiaries to obtain work permits, is enabling recipients to gain education and work experience. Along with the survey results, the Council provides recommendations for bolstering DACA’s effectiveness and more fully addressing the needs of immigrant young adults and their families.

Migration, Migration/Immigration