DACA Myths Debunked
- MYTH: DACA Are Just Kids
- Despite the media calling them "kids", the vast majority are actually adults.
- MYTH: It Will Only Be 700k People
Roughly 700k people are being protected by DACA, however 3.6 million DREAMers are eligible, maybe more. Rest assured that any amnesty will just be a starting point. The Reagan Amnesty granted amnesty to millions more than anticipated. Just as with the Reagan's 1986 amnesty, much more illegal immigration will follow.
Since Reagan's amnesty, 7 more amnesties have been granted. The most recent was in 2000, where 1 Million more were granted amnesty.
Most likely, everyone granted amnesty will eventually be able to bring their families over too; the same family members that snuck in to begin with.
- MYTH: They Are the Best and Brightest
- DACA recipients are far less likely to completely college; only 4% compared to 18% of the native population. Less than half have completed high school.
- MYTH: Our Economy Will Suffer Without Them
- DACA workers only account for 0.25% of our total workforce, and most are poorly educated. Meanwhile, despite an improving job market, there are still millions of Americans currently unemployed or under-employed. Sending DACA home would open up jobs for Americans.
- MYTH: They Are All Innocent
- Many of those approved for DACA protection should not have. USCIS has, so far, had to terminate DACA protections for over 2,000 recipients due to criminal and gang activity.
- MYTH: Trump and the GOP Can Only Win the Latino Vote By Granting Amnesty
- Immigrants, including Latinos, overwhelmingly vote Democrat. Despite Reagan granting amnesty in 1986, the GOP has never won the Latino vote since then and has continued to do poorly ever since. In fact, in 1994, California passed Prop 187 which would have prohibited illegals from receiving government services. The proposition had wider support from Latinos than GOP presidential canidates
- MYTH: It's Cruel to Send Them Back
- First off, thousands of DACA recipients are from well-off countries. When people cross the border illegally, they usually leave family members behind. Returning illegal aliens to their countries of origin would actually re-unite families. Furthermore, the vast majority of DACA recipients already speak the language of their country of origin. For Spanish speakers, most also do not refer to themselves as Americans.