What are the essential jobs where DACA recipients work?

Research by the Center for American Progress (CAP) showed that more than half of Deferred Action (DACA) recipients have been in essential jobs in the past year.

Approximately 343,000 DACA recipients are employed in jobs deemed essential by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Of the total DACA beneficiaries and essential workers, 34,000 are health workers who provide care to patients, one of the most important tasks in the last almost two years in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also within the environments related to medical care, 11 thousand people work, keeping the facilities working correctly.

On the other hand, another of the occupations that has evolved during the health emergency are educators, who in DACA beneficiaries have 20 thousand people guaranteeing the education of millions of children in the United States.

And finally, the food production and supply industry accounts for nearly a third of DACA workers in essential jobs. Around 100,000 workers work in jobs related to the food supply chain, from its production on farms to its commercialization.

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