Question: Will the economy suffer if the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program is not renewed?
Bob’s Answer: Yes
The average DACA recipient is 22 years old, employed, and earns about $17 an hour. The majority are students and 17 percent are pursuing an advanced degree. By contrast, most recipients of H-1B visas are between 25 and 34 and hold either a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree. DACA recipients are more closely linked economically to H-1B visa recipients than other illegal immigrants. President Trump will not deport them. This is just politics.