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Children’s Institute Statement in Support of The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

Dear Friends,

Rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will have immediate and severe consequences for recipients and their families. IF DACA parents are detained, deported and/or unable to work legally, their children could lose housing, go hungry, and fall into poverty. An estimated 25 percent of DACA recipients are parents to U.S. citizen children.

According to a report published in Science on August 31, 2017, about the effects of mothers’ immigration status on children’s mental health in Oregon, “Early childhood exposure to stress and adversity does not only cause poor health and impaired development in the short-term; these issues can also persist into adulthood. Anxiety and psychosocial stress are identified as risk factors for depression, substance abuse, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.” Young children’s emotional well-being is essential to their development into competent, capable adults.

The bipartisan Dream Act of 2017 would provide lawful status and a path to citizenship to the children and adults brought to the United States as children. Among them, are more than 200,000 Dreamers under age 15 who were waiting to age into DACA and no longer have the opportunity to apply.

Contact your Congressional representatives and demand action on the Dream Act of 2017.

Ending DACA will needlessly hurt families and communities across the country. These facts about DACA illustrate the misguided reasoning for rescinding the program and its punitive effects.

  • The average DACA recipient is 26 years-old
  • The average DACA recipient came to US at age 6
  • 91 percent are employed
  • 100 percent have no criminal record
  • They pay $500 to renew every 2-years, which totals $800M
  • They are not eligible for the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • They are not eligible for Medicaid (except for emergency services)
  • They are not eligible for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • They are not eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • They are not eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • They are not eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • With 10-years of work history and taxes paid, they are eligible for Medicare once they reach retirement age
  • They are eligible for the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Source: http://protectdreamers.org/en/resources/

Thank you for your continued support of young children and their families.

Sincerely,

Swati Adarkar
President and CEO

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