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Letter: DACA status earned by those who are filling key roles in US
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Supporters of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program demonstrate Sept. 3, 2017, on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Misinformation is being repeated on the internet about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals children. Some of it on Facebook implies that DACA children can’t speak English, are unproductive freeloaders and are criminals. This misinformation should be corrected by using better research. 

These children were minors who, at no decision of their own, accompanied their parents who immigrated here illegally. Most are no longer children. Their average age is 26. About 40 percent of DACA recipients are high school or college students. Some of the older ones have professional jobs. About 900 have served in the military. They are paying taxes and paying rent.

To qualify for DACA status, they must pay a fee of $495 to pay for fingerprints and background checks. Recipients must not have felonies or serious misdemeanors on their records. DACA does not provide eligibility for federal welfare or student aid.

Studies indicate that DACA workers do not adversely affect American workers’ chance for employment. A university study indicates that DACA recipients increase “consumption and overall demand for U.S. services and products” because they spend their earnings. 

A bill proposed by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin would enable DACA recipients “to be eligible for conditional legal status” and for many “to qualify for lawful permanent residence status.”

Everyone reading this article came from families that at some point in history immigrated to America. Many of those immigrants also had to overcome discrimination and background checks. 

Calvin King


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