On the front lines of the DACA Dreamers unjust deportation issue...where the rubber meets the road...at the border in Mexico ...for more than a decade
Believed to be the longest operating DACA-dedicated support organization...we urgently need your help !
A Message from our Amazing Founder, Dolly Duff
More than a decade ago, before the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy was announced, I saw the emerging need to help those who were adversely impacted by deportation from the US and I created the DACA Dreamers Assistance Project, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation. Since that time, we have positively impacted the lives of thousands of young people with essential programs and much-needed services delivered on the front-lines at the US - Mexico border.
DACA is a very misunderstood topic that impacts tens of millions of Americans. It is an apolitical problem and not really an immigration issue. Indeed, once understood, it's not difficult to see why the great majority of Americans are very supportive of DACA's goals and objectives.
Until recently, I have overseen the project's day-to-day operations and funded much of the project, along with the generous contributions of others. Nearing age 90, it has been suggested that I begin transitioning the organization to a younger generation, something that I'd like to accomplish in 2020. To do so, however, I need to ensure its financial sustainability. May I enlist your help ?
While she is too modest to mention it, Dolly Duff is not only a philanthropist, she is an accomplished, pioneering businesswoman in her own right having been the first woman in the State of California to be licensed to be a Court Appointed Arbitrator...more than thirty years ago !!!
Ten DACA Myths, Legends, Misconceptions & Untruths
DACA is an enormously misunderstood government policy that has been widely misrepresented and mischaracterized, often by those with a political agenda. Here are some of the many myths, legends, misconceptions, and untruths about DACA:
1. DACA is s a pathway to citizenship: people should file the papers to adjust their legal status and get in line. Nope.
2. DACA beneficiaries don't pay taxes but get free college, Obamacare and other federal benefits. Nope.
3. DACA allows immigrants brought to the US as children to stay indefinitely. Nope.
4. DACA beneficiaries cost more than they contribute and repealing DACA will benefit taxpayers. Nope.
5. DACA beneficiaries are not all young, oppressed and unfamiliar with their country of origin. Nope
6. DACA incentivized an increase in illegal immigration into the US. Nope.
7. DACA beneficiaries are taking jobs from US citizens. Nope.
8. DACA repeal would save lives and protect communities from criminals. Nope.
9. DACA beneficiaries are not all valedictorians, well-meaning, high achievers. Nope.
10. Supporting DACA means you support non-citizens over citizens. Nope.
None of these statements are true or accurate. To learn why, simply clickhereto download our DACA Myths document.
Ten DACA Facts & Statistics
All DACA beneficiaries arrived in the US prior to turning 16 and they have lived here since 2007, ergo, most of their lives.
More than 90% of DACA beneficiaries arrived in the US when they were just 7 years old; nearly 40% arrived before age 5.
DACA only allows Dreamers an opportunity to stay in the US for two years, then re-apply for renewal (for $495).
DACA beneficiaries cannot obtain any type of federal benefit or social program; they may not apply for Medicaid or Obamacare and are not eligible for any federal means-tested welfare: cash assistance, food stamps, healthcare tax credits, etc..
DACA beneficiaries contribute more to “the system” over their lifetime than they cost, regardless of their education level, and pay an estimated $8.8 billion in (federal, state and local) taxes, supporting government at all levels.
DACA households control $25 billion in annual spending power.; 15% are homeowners who pay $600 million in annual mortgage payments; others pay $2.3 billion in rent; 60% own a car, two-thirds have a credit card and half have a bank account.
95% of DACA beneficiaries are employed or enrolled in an educational program; more than half age 25 or older have earned a BA or higher degree (vs. one-third of similar US citizens) ergo supporting DACA promotes "merit-based" immigration, as they are, as a group, high-achievers.
The overall economic impact of deporting DACA beneficiaries is estimated to be nearly $300 billion over a decade.
According to Silicon Valley : “Dreamers are vital” and three-quarters of the top Fortune 500 firms employ them.
Fewer than 3/10ths of 1 percent of DACA beneficiaries have lost their permits due to criminal/public safety concerns.
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