On September 29, 2020, the Presidents’ Alliance and TheDream.US released a new report, Discouraging and Denying Renewals: An Assessment on the Impact of the July 2020 DHS Memorandum on DACA, which surveyed close to 1,800 DACA recipients to assess the impact of the Trump administration’s DACA policies implemented in 2020. You can read the full report here and supplemental narratives here. Key takeaways from the report include:
- The majority of survey respondents (62 percent) said that the Trump administration’s policies would constitute a “substantial barrier” to renewal. If this percentage holds steady for the general population, nearly 400,000 DACA recipients would face significant barriers to renewal.
- Upwards of 36 percent of DACA holders may have their renewal applications rejected for filing “too early” under the new policy.
- Eighty-two percent of respondents said that the one year grant period would constitute a barrier to higher education.
- Eighty-seven percent of respondents said that the one year grant period would constitute a barrier to employment and career.
- Fifty-six percent worried that their DACA status would lapse due to the new restrictions and they would be fired.