DACA Recipients’ Access to Health Care: 2023 Report

DACA Recipients’ Access to Health Care: 2023 Report

MAY 2023

National Immigration Law Center


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been in existence for over a decade. Under DACA, people who came to the U.S. as children and meet other requirements may receive renewable grants of relief from deportation and work authorization. Currently, nearly 600,000 people are DACA recipients. However, despite the relief that DACA provides, recipients face numerous health disparities.

This fact sheet reports on findings from a 2022 survey of 817 DACA recipients administered by Tom K. Wong of the University of California, San Diego, United We Dream, the National Immigration Law Center, and the Center for American Progress. In this survey, the authors asked a comprehensive set of questions about DACA recipients’ access to health care and services. This is the second year the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) has published a fact sheet focused on health access for DACA recipients in order to shed light on the disparities they face.

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