DACA Demonstrations Ring Hollow

We’re told the best and brightest will be on display this week when an illegal-immigrant caravan rolls into the nation’s capital to demand an extension of Barack Obama’s legally suspect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Looks can be deceiving.

Contrary to media profiles that portray young DACA recipients as well-educated, productive professionals, the reality is less impressive.

The Migration Policy Institute, a progressive policy shop that promotes large-scale immigration, found:

  • Only 4 percent of DACA recipients have completed college, versus 17 percent of similar-aged young Americans. (Even worse, another study revealed that 21 percent of DACA beneficiaries have dropped out of high school,compared with a national average of 5.8 percent.)
  • Of the 382,000 who hold jobs with DACA work-permits, the most common occupations are food preparation and servicing, retail trade, construction and office support.
  • Just 6,000 — or 1.6 percent — of the 382,000 DACA jobholders work in white-collar technology-related occupations.

The MPI report contradicts claims by business groups that DACA recipients are propelling the U.S. economy in ways that American citizens cannot.

Indeed, despite the pervasive mythology about DACA, the data suggest that the average beneficiary is far less educated and no more productive than Americans and, if awarded amnesty, more likely to rely on taxpayers’ aid throughout their lives.

While some 800,000 DACA recipients represent a small share of the overall U.S. workforce, they compete directly with 4 million Americans who turn 18 and enter the job market each year.

Kristjen Nielsen, Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security, infamously told a Senate committee this month that Americans “owe” DACA aliens permanent legal residence here.

Now open-border enthusiasts are marching into Washington, D.C., to collect. Rallies, sit-ins and assorted other demonstrations are expected Dec. 5-6 around Capitol Hill.

President Obama – whose administration abandoned background checks on DACA applicants to expedite amnesty requests — stated there were no guarantees his program would continue after he left office. President Trump repeatedly pledged during the 2016 campaign that he would end DACA.

The six-month winding-down period announced by Trump in October gives DACA recipients time to prepare for a reversion to their status prior to implementation of President Obama’s unconstitutional program. It also affords Congress a unique opportunity to enact merit-based immigration policies, defund illegal and dangerous sanctuary cities, approve a mandatory national E-Verify employment-screening system and increase enforcement at the border and in the interior.

But rather than work on any of these reforms, Democrats in Congress are playing brinksmanship on a federal spending bill, threatening to shut down the government at year’s end if DACA recipients and many other illegal aliens are not granted a legislated amnesty. Republican leaders say they’re open to granting consideration to DACA beneficiaries, but note that the deadline for action isn’t until March.

“If the Democrats fail to show up at the negotiating table, it raises the legitimate question of whether DACA is something they really want, or if it’s merely a convenient political football for fundraising and energizing their base,” FAIR President Dan Stein said.

About Author


Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)’s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.


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    Marilyn is so right in her list of what congress needs to do to stop illegals from coming here to better their lives for free education and freebies of assistance, all paid for by the hard working USA citizens. We have been literally giving our country away! We give to immigrants while taking from our own people. It has been crazy!!! If I were a catholic mother with little ones hanging on my skirt, I could not feed and the Pope is telling me it is a sin to practice birth control, I would walk across the border into USA. I would have anchor babies so I can get assistance and freebies, while getting free education and health benefits (CHIP) for my DACA children. Who can blame me for wanting a better life for my family??? USA people are rich and will give me so much free! I can work for cash, not pay income taxes, (let USA people pay in so I can get freebies for my family. Oh, some of my kids join M13 gangs and get more for us. They have anchor babies too because they have “dreams of good life in America!!!” We will soon be “the majority group” and vote in our people to make life even better for us Latino’s who want real POWER for “our people!” What a deal US citizens give to us. We don’t want to speak English so just push a button for Spanish! Brown Power is on its way. Thank you USA! Oh, if you want to fly into country on a visa, you do not have to cross border on land or pay someone to bring you in hot truck, just arrive at airport, get illegal relatives to pick you up and just stay for a better life. Oh, have babies fast so you can get freebies! If anyone tells you need to leave, just call them a Racist! Makes people feel so bad they will leave you alone. Be sure to get a free Obama phone too. Funny, but it all works so you can have a better life! You will love America!!! Pass the word to your friends and relatives too !!!

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    Marilyn: I agree with you 100%. Our government politicians took an oath to uphold the laws of our country and that includes the federal immigration laws on the books. These “so called dreamers” have been given everything. They need to pack their bags and take their illegal parents with them and go home. They can come in the proper way. Our American kids need to dream, not these ungrateful illegals. Clean up your own country and stop demanding what you want from America. You are illegals, not Americans citizens! AMERICANS FIRST!

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    They don’t appreciate the opportunity we have given them they are draining the economy in so many ways. Food stamps,education, welfare, and on an on

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    George P Tyrebyter on

    I know people with dreams. They are my children, born in the US, to US citizens. They have dreams. These dreaminals compete with legal residents for jobs. Dreaminals have no rights to jobs. They need to leave.

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    Dreamers dreams are Americans nightmares. They bring crime,poverty,sexual assault and blight to rural areas. Unlike black ppl who stick to the inner city jungles they created,illegals choose the farm areas because it’s easier to hide from Johnny law

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    I agree with your comments. It makes me angry to hear the label of “dreamers” applied to the foreign illegals. They are not dreamers, just more foreigners trying to get all the freebies America has without giving anything themselves. I am tired of hearing all the fairy tales about these people, especially the one that they are here through no fault of theirs so we should let them stay. If these people want to blame someone, that has to be their parents. Any 10 year old kid would have known something was wrong when he & his parents were sneaking into our country and many of them were older than that. Even younger kids would have “sensed” something wrong. The point is that we owe these people nothing but have given them everything, at no cost to them, but great costs to our citizens. So, in telling them, and their families to leave, we have no reason to apologize nor to feel guilty. They should be grateful for all they have been given, but, instead, they seem to feel entitled to stay here just because they are here and want to stay. To heck with that!! All foreign illegals have much to return home with to help their own countries, and America will never be their country because their allegiance remains with their true country. Our nation is being destroyed, turned into the opposite of what it always has been. And millions of people here are helping this to happen. Unless our congress effectively closes our border to drugs and illegal aliens, deports every foreigner in our country illegally, ends chain migration/birthright citizenship/all aid & assistance for noncitizens/all work for noncitizens, and ends bringing refugees/asylees into our nation and ends stupid programs like TPS, EB5, and all work visa programs, unless congress does these things, including stopping all immigration (except maybe tourism) for 20 years, we are going to lose our America. Then, in a few years when Mexicans are the majority here and Mexico takes over our nation, I guess the leftists, antiAmerica folks (and/or their grandchildren) will get the chance to see how well they like what they have created. But, we all know that congress will do nothing except continue to ignore we citizens and always put the best interests of foreigners above those of Americans which means that our congress members are simply traitors to this, their country.

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      Very TRUE! All above said above. No respect for our laws. No learning or speaking our language on jobs even. No sacrifice or appreciation when jobs and freebies given.

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