After the Trump administration in September had decided to repeal the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) initiated by the former President to halt the deportation of almost 800,000 Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to America as children, many supporters of this program are not pleased as they feel that these people did their bit to help the US economy.
Most of them are of the view that migrants these days are less likely to be law-breakers and that they integrate well into the American society. Leah Platt Boustan and Ran Abramitzky, economists of repute, have come to a conclusion that people who have recently Migrated to America are much better educated than most of their fellow citizens in their home country.
The Economist quotes the Cato Institute’s analysis as stating that rates of conviction of native-born Americans in the age group of 18-54 was1.53 percent, which is higher when compared to 0.85 percent and 0.47 percent among undocumented immigrants and the Legal Immigrants, respectively.
If the undocumented immigrants’ status is legalised, these crime rates would be further reduced, suggest the above statistics.
Paolo Pinotti, Associate Professor at Bocconi University, examined applicants for residency permits of Italy, some of whom applied just before the deadline of the cap of permits had expired with others who did later.
The crime rate was twice as lower among recipients of residency permits than those who were refused the same. In other words, assurance of a Residency Permit or citizenship improves their sense of well-being, it was averred.
Tommaso Frattini, Associate Professor with the University of Milan, has pored through international data to suggest that assurance of residency increases earnings and betters social integration. According to him, people assured of citizenship join clubs, engage themselves politically and start reading local newspapers. American academicians feel that recipients of DACA are also of a similar strain.
Tom Wong, Assistant Professor at the University of California, carried out an online survey, where 3,063 recipients were questioned in 2017. Of them, 98 percent were bilingual. About 60 percent stated that with DACA status, they had become more encouraged to pursue higher education and about 54 percent said that it helped them to be employed.
A significant increase was also witnessed among the respondents to participate in charitable activities after they received DACA status.
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Legalising Dreamers status helps US economy, says study
Posted on October 13, 2017