Report estimates economic impact of Nevada DACA recipients

By: - September 12, 2019 4:55 pm

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A new analysis by the Center for American Progress (CAP) estimates the state-by-state economic contributions of DACA recipients and their families in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Based on 2017 American Community Survey data, CAP estimates that there are a total of 12,280 DACA recipients in Nevada whose average year of arrival was 1999 at 7 years old. The number of U.S born children of DACA recipients is around 4,600.

DACA recipients make significant fiscal and economic contributions that boost the economy, according to CAP’s analysis, which found Nevada DACA recipient households contribute over $117 million in federal, state and local taxes and account for $416 million in spending power.

CAP also found that DACA recipients in Nevada may own up to 1,500 homes, pay annual mortgage payments of about $16 million, and DACA recipients paid about $33 million in annual rental payments, though CAP acknowledged the sample size for the housing-related numbers is small and the estimates may be unreliable

“The analysis quantifies what was already clear: DACA recipients have deep family and economic ties throughout the United States,” said Nicole Prchal Svajlenka, senior policy analyst with CAP’s Immigration Policy program and author of the analysis. “Allowing DACA to end would sew chaos and confusion, upending the lives of hundreds of thousands of young, hardworking people and their families.”

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in November on three lower court decisions to block the Trump administration attempts to terminate the DACA program.

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Jeniffer Solis
Jeniffer Solis

Reporter | Jeniffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before graduating in 2017 with a B.A in Journalism and Media Studies. While at UNLV she was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, the UNLV Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and a news reporter for KUNV 91.5 FM, covering everything from the Route 91 shooting to UNLV housing. She has also contributed to the UNLV News Center and worked as a production engineer for several KUNV broadcasts before joining the Nevada Current. She’s an Aries.