Youth Caucus of America reaffirms its support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The legislation addresses the issue of undocumented children under the age of 16, “Dreamers” by incentivizing the legal declaration of their status, provided that they have no criminal record and have earned a high school diploma. Under DACA, these people are allowed a social security number, a driver’s license, and are given authorization to work — as well having relief from the fear of being deported. DACA is not a path to permanent citizenship, but it grants a temporary but renewable opportunity for undocumented youth to pursue life. Its repeal would counter national interests by removing productive workers from our economy, as well as costing the US government billions of dollars in lost future tax revenues. These educated youth are, by definition, products of the US education system, and their deportation would be a waste of tremendous national investment. We should treat these driven, educated, and English-speaking young people not as a burden, but as a resource.
With enthusiasm, Youth Caucus of America proudly reaffirms its support for DACA, and welcomes the acceptance of educated, yet undocumented youth, provided that they meet the criteria established in this legislation.
Policy Chair, Education Committee