The Human and Economic Impact of Revoking DACA


They have jobs and families and car payments and mortgages. They are teachers and bank tellers and plumbers and hairdressers and students and entrepreneurs and sales clerks and computer coders and accountants and EMT workers and members of the US military. They graduated from US elementary schools and high schools, or passed the rigorous high school equivalency exam. Many then graduated from US colleges. One passed the NY State Bar exam and is practicing law.

They broke no laws. We know this because they have passed extensive background checks. They came here as children. They grew up here. Some have no memory of ever having lived anywhere else. 

And now they are about to lose everything.

Millions of lives will be impacted.  Nearly 800,000 human beings will lose legal status. Their families will be torn apart.  Two-income households will become one-income household. Children in two-parent households will be left with a single parent. If both parents are deported, children are sometimes left behind to be raised by neighbors or cousins, or put in foster care.


They may be deported before they file their 2017 income taxes. Nearly half a million people will default on car loans, and almost one hundred thousand will default on mortgages. 10,000 students in US public schools will lose teachers in the middle of the school year. I can’t guess how we will deal with deployed soldiers. Will they be allowed to go home and put their affairs in order? Or will they be deported directly mid-tour?


According to Forbes Magazine,  the economic impact of revoking DACA will be a loss of $200,000,000,000 over a ten year period.

Even if you don’t give a damn about these human beings, you probably should care about the impact on the economy.