DACA United SC is proud to partner with SC Appleseed on a voter outreach project. Our main goal is reaching voters by delivering important information on the future of DACA, what is at stake for DACA recipients, and, most importantly, what voters can do to protect DACA in South Carolina.
South Carolina is home to thousands of DACA recipients. Immigrants are an important part of the South Carolina workforce across all industries. These neighbors, business owners, taxpayers, and workers are part of South Carolina’s diverse and thriving communities, and make extensive contributions benefitting everyone in the state.
DACA recipients contribute $200 billion each year in state and local taxes.
The Center for American Progress estimated that DACA recipients will add $460.3 billion to the US GDP over the next decade.
More than 5% of DACA recipients under the age of 25 have started a small business.
Most DACA recipients are not eligible for a green card. The main way to get a green card is by family reunification, through the sponsorship of an immediate relative or spouse. Even with a sponsor, individuals must return to their country of origin to apply for a green card. This creates a problem in itself; in some cases it leads to an automatic ban from returning to the US for a certain period (often three years on first offense or ten years on second offense.)
DACA recipients want to continue serving our communities with certainty, peace of mind, and affirmation that they belong in this country.