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Preliminary Findings from the National UnDACAmented Research Project

August 15, 2013

On the one-year anniversary of USCIS’ implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Immigration Policy Center and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration released early findings from the National UnDACAmented Research Project (NURP)—a longitudinal mixed-methods study of the impact of DACA on the educational, labor market, health, and civic engagement outcomes of young adult immigrants.

The research found that DACA was increasing opportunities for economic and social incorporation for its recipients, and many seek further social integration beyond DACA. In fact, almost all DACA recipients indicate that they would apply for U.S. citizenship if given the opportunity. The study also showed that DACA recipients are often fearful that family members and friends could be deported at any time.

Overall, the research indicated that although DACA opens up some economic opportunities for young aspiring Americans, it does not address the constant threat of deportation still facing those closest to them, including mothers, fathers, and siblings.

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To view the research summary, see:

How DACA is Impacting the Lives of Those Who Are Now DACAmented (IPC/CSII Research Summary, August 15, 2013)

For more information, contact Wendy Feliz at wfeliz@immcouncil.org or 202-507-7524.

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