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Dreaming Big in Oregon: DACA Recipients’ Impact on the State

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a US immigration policy established in 2012. It protects certain undocumented immigrants who arrived as children from deportation. These individuals are often referred to as “Dreamers” and receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action, allowing them to work legally and access various benefits. 

Though DACA has faced legal challenges along the way, it continues to benefit Oregon significantly, not only receiving support but also bringing substantial value. Let’s discuss dreaming big in Oregon: DACA recipients’ impact on the state.

If you have any specific questions about the DACA process or require assistance contact Vanderwall Immigration’s Portland immigration lawyers. 

DACA and Education: Investing in Oregon’s Future

DACA recipients are actively pursuing educational opportunities, that of course benefit both themselves and the state. Portland Community College exemplifies Oregon’s commitment to immigrants’ education with its dedicated DREAMers Resource Center, providing support and scholarships to DACA recipients. 

Nationally, research by the Center for American Progress found that 26.1% of DACA recipients are currently in school, with a significant 67.6% attributing their educational pursuits directly to DACA. This highlights the program’s crucial role in unlocking potential and fostering academic achievement.

Furthermore, immigrants as a whole contribute significantly to the education sector. Nationally, they are more likely to hold advanced degrees than native-born citizens, filling critical skill gaps across various fields. This trend extends to Oregon, where immigrants contribute to a diverse, well-educated workforce.

DACA Recipients as Active Contributors to Oregon’s Economy

One of the components of DACA protection is work authorization. By allowing recipients to participate fully in the labor force, DACA recipients create tangible economic benefits for Oregon. 95.3% of DACA recipients are employed, contributing significantly to the state’s workforce. Injecting over $350 million annually into the state’s economy through their income. This translates to substantial spending power that fuels local businesses. Additionally, DACA recipients contribute $76.5 million in taxes, directly funding the infrastructure and social programs of Oregon. 

Not only DACA recipients, but Immigrants as a whole are a powerful economic force in Oregon. Their combined spending power reaches $13 billion, driving economic activity. They also contribute $4.7 billion in taxes annually. Notably, immigrants make up a significant portion of Oregon’s labor force:

  • 13.3% of entrepreneurs
  • 17.6% of its STEM workforce
  • 60.4% of agricultural workers

DACA recipients and immigrants are not only individuals seeking support, they are active contributors to Oregon’s prosperity. Their hard work, spending power and tax contributions make them integral members of the state’s communities. 

Schedule a Consultation with Portland DACA attorneys

Over the past years, the rules and regulations surrounding DACA have undergone changes, causing uncertainty and confusion. It is natural to have many questions about how the program works, including eligibility requirements and the application process. At Vanderwall Immigration, we have an in-depth understanding of DACA and are dedicated to helping you navigate through the challenges. To set up a confidential and obligation-free consultation with an expert Portland immigration attorney, please contact us today.