One year ago today, the Trump administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, upending the lives of nearly 800,000 DACA recipients who were brought to the United States as children. DACA has empowered these young people — commonly referred to as Dreamers — to continue their education, earn better wages to support their families, and buy homes, contributing to the overall U.S. economy.
Today, due to inaction from the Republican-controlled Congress, hundreds of thousands of Dreamers — including thousands of Dreamers in Ohio — remain in legal limbo, living with the anxiety and constant fear of deportation.
“DACA has changed the lives of thousands of young people in Ohio, helping them to live, work, and study without having to worry that at any moment, they could be torn from the only place they’ve called home,” said For Our Future Ohio Action Fund spokesperson Daniel van Hoogstraten. “Republicans have recklessly and shamefully allowed the Trump administration to gamble with the lives of these young people.”
Earlier this year, For Our Future Ohio Action Fund shared the story of one Ohio Dreamer, Sara, who moved to the United States with her family when she was 5 years old. Since becoming a DACA recipient at 22, Sara has been able to contribute more fully to her community and family. Now, Sara fears what will happen if Congress fails to protect Dreamers.
Ending DACA not only puts Dreamers at risk of deportation; it also creates tremendous disruptions for businesses and could send shock waves through Ohio’s economy. Studies show that DACA recipients in Ohio contribute more than $14 million in state and local taxes each year, and that the state stands to lose more than $251.6 million annually in state gross domestic product (GDP) if Ohio’s DACA recipients are removed from the workforce.