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Understanding DACA’s legacy in North Carolina: a report from the Latino Migration Project

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The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in North Carolina
Perspectives from Immigrants and Community-Based Organizations

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Summary

As the United States prepares for a new presidential administration, we evaluate the legacy of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in North Carolina, the state with the highest application rate to DACA in the nation in the first two years of the program (2012-2014). Our findings suggest that DACA has had a positive impact on immigrants’ economic and educational mobility as well as their outlook on living in the United States, indicators that the program is an important facilitator of immigrant integration. At the same time, DACA’s impacts have been uneven across immigrant communities due to cost of application, geographic proximity to DACA services, and local level political contexts of immigrant reception. We offer policy recommendations for current and future legalization efforts.

Citation: 

“The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in North Carolina: Perspectives from Immigrants and Community-Based Organizations” by Hannah Gill and Sara Peña, The Latino Migration Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.