No Denying the Benefits of DACA: To Whom?

trans-licenseThree years ago today, June 15, President Obama announced the first of his executive amnesty programs, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). To mark the occasion, the National Council of La Raza blasted an email to millions of its followers with the subject line: No denying benefits of DACA.

According to La Raza, as a result of the president’s unauthorized amnesty program that has so far benefited about 700,000 illegal aliens:

  • 60% of DACA recipients obtained a new job
  • 49% opened bank accounts
  • 33% got their first credit card
  • 57% got a driver’s license

Good for them. But what, exactly, is DACA doing for the rest of us?

How is it helping tens of millions of Americans who don’t have jobs, or who would like to find a better job – especially younger Americans who are having a hard time gaining a foothold in a difficult economy?

How is it helping American taxpayers who are now subsidizing their education?

How is it helping the millions of immigrants who followed the rules and waited (or are still waiting) in line for years?

In fact, in one short email, La Raza encapsulated just about everything that is wrong with the way they, and most of the political establishment views immigration policy. We know immigration (legal or illegal) benefits immigrants. Hint: They wouldn’t be here otherwise. The laws are supposed to protect the interests of the American people. They’re not, and not many people in Washington seem to care.

avatar About Ira Mehlman

Ira joined FAIR in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


  1. avatar No Change says:

    THIS IS GREAT!!……NOW WE KNOW WHO THEY ARE, they will be paying taxes and hopefully improve this country….GOOD job Ira thank you for the information………!

  2. avatar David Smith says:

    Obola’s executive order on his cheap election year stunt for votes is only good for two years. When the two years ended, he extended it another two years to bump the whole problem onto the lap of the next President while he slighers out the back door to the nearest golf course on the taxpayer dime.

  3. avatar Snortz McDuck says:

    Every job obtained by an illegal is a job that an American citizen will do given adequate pay. Every single one.

  4. avatar Janet says:

    Very good, Ira Mehlman! Thank you.
    I’ll send this to my F- Congresswoman.

  5. DACA

    Don’t Americans Count Anymore?