California Dreamin’ of DACA

December 8, 2017

According to a recent poll commissioned by The California Endowment, voters across the state are very familiar with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and want to see it become law.

About 75% of those surveyed offered overall support of DACA, with 74% saying they back a permanent DACA program. Conversely, voters overwhelming disapprove of a repeal of the program.

DACA is a U.S. immigration program that began under then-Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano of the Obama administration in June 2012. The administrative program allows undocumented residents who entered the country before their 16th birthdays— and before June 2007—to receive a renewable two-year work permit and exemption from deportation. These young adults are often referred to as “dreamers,” and many came to America as young children, which means this is the only country they know as home.

The survey of more than 1,000 voters was conducted by a bipartisan team—Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz and Associates (FM3) and Public Opinion Strategies. They found that support cut across many of California’s demographic groups, including support from three in five moderate  and liberal Republicans (60%) who back DACA.

“Once again, California proves that we don’t follow; we lead,” said Dr. Tony Iton, senior vice president with The California Endowment. “We must not be divided by our differences. We believe in these young people, and we know they are the reason California thrives.”

Research contact: sreyes@calendow.org

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