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Uncertainty About DACA May Undermine Its Positive Impact on Health for Recipients and Their Children (Health Affairs)

Publication Topics

Access to Health Care; California Health Interview Survey; 2007 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2007); 2009 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2009); 2011 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2011); 2012 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2012); 2013 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2013); 2014 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2014); 2015 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2015); 2016 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2016); 2017 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2017); Child Development; Mental and Emotional Health; Adolescents/Children; Immigrant; Racial and Ethnic Groups; Hispanic/Latino; Health Insurance Expansion; Health Care Reform

Publication Type

CHIS Journal Article

Publication Date

2019-05-01T07:00:00Z

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Abstract

​Undocumented immigrants and their children have worse self-reported health than documented immigrants and U.S. citizens do. Evidence suggests that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was created in 2012 by President Barack Obama and which granted some rights to undocumented immigrants who arrived as children, improved the well-being of recipients and their children in the first three years after the program’s introduction.

However, DACA is subject to executive discretion, and the U.S. presidential campaign that began in 2015 introduced substantial uncertainty regarding the program’s future. The authors examined whether DACA’s health benefits persisted beyond 2015 using the 2007–17 waves of the California Health Interview Survey and dynamic treatment effects models. 

Findings show that self-reported health improved for Latina/o DACA-eligible immigrants and their children from 2012 to 2015 but worsened after 2015. The authors' results suggest that the political climate of the 2016 presidential election may have underscored the politically contingent nature of the DACA program and eroded the program’s health benefits for eligible immigrants and their children.

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