Michael Smolens: DACA has been a boon to the US, but remains on the brink of disappearing

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The San Diego Union-Tribune

The story of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is one of a valuable program with broad public support that is undermined by dysfunctional politics. Study after study has shown DACA, which allows certain young immigrants to avoid deportation temporarily and receive renewable work permits, is beneficial not just for those in the program, but the country at large. Think tanks ranging from the liberal Center for American Progress to the libertarian Cato Institute estimate the end of DACA would cost the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars in lost economic activity and taxes over the next deca…

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