Since announcing that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Administration has taken contradictory positions: It has claimed without evidence that DACA’s reprieve from deportation for young undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children harms the job prospects of native born Americans, but it also has pressed Congress to enact a DACA-like program to protect these immigrants.
As our new analysis by Chad Stone shows, claims that DACA hurts the economy and native-born workers are essentially a fabrication that flies in the face of the best evidence. The misleading statements about DACA’s effects on other workers and the economy appear to be an attempt to appeal to nativist sentiment, and to foment anger and mistrust of immigrants in general
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