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Resources for and about DACA and Undocumented Students

Government Data

Chart showing Top Country of Origin of the State DACA-Eligible Population




The federal government (and in particular the US Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services) is the administrator of DACA and the primary source of official data.











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Research Data

 Photo of 2006 Immigrant Rights March



Researchers in social sciences have studied the participants in DACA to examine the program's effects on a number of social and economic outcomes. The research studies here (from academic journals) include links to full datasets that are available for download.



Photo of 2006 Immigrant Rights March by Kevin Coles (CC)

Pope, N. G. (2016). The effects of DACAmentation: The impact of deferred action for childhood arrivals on unauthorized immigrants. Journal of Public Economics, 143, 98–114.
Parital abstract:  This paper looks at how DACA affects DACA-eligible immigrants' labor market outcomes. I use a difference-in-differences design for unauthorized immigrants near the criteria cutoffs for DACA eligibility. I find DACA increases the likelihood of working by increasing labor force participation and decreasing the unemployment rate for DACA-eligible immigrants.
Dataset via ScienceDirect
Wadhia, S. S. (2013). My great FOIA adventure and discoveries of deferred action cases at ICE (No. ID 2195758). Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network.
Abstract: This article describes my adventures in FOIA litigation and analyzes deferred action data collected informally by 24 ICE field offices between October 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012. This article also offers recommendations for the agency on data collection, recordkeeping, and transparency in deferred action cases.
Dataset via Harvard Dataverse.