Examining the Economic Contributions of the DACA-Eligible Population in Texas

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DACA-eligible people are critical members of the United States, filling workforce shortages in key industries, starting new businesses, paying taxes, and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, serving on the frontlines as essential workers.

In analyzing data from the 2019 American Community Survey, 5-Year Sample, we find that DACA-eligible people are significant economic contributors to local communities across Texas.

Economic Contributions of the DACA - Eligible Population by Texas Locality, 2019

Locality Number of DACA-Eligible Individuals Household Income Total Taxes Paid State and Local Taxes Federal Income Taxes Total Spending Power
Austin MSA 13,586 $  313.5M $ 74.7M $ 33.3M $ 41.4M $ 238.9M
Brazos County 1,453 $ 23.5M $  5.5M $ 2.5M $ 3M $ 17.9M
Dallas MSA 64,874 $ 1.3B $ 287.8M $ 137.2M $ 150.6M $ 967.1M
El Paso MSA 6,249 $ 89.4M $ 18.8M $ 10.2M $ 8.6M $ 70.6M
Houston MSA 60,625 $ 1.1B $ 255.4M $ 119.1M $ 136.4M $ 846.2M
McAllen MSA 14,420 $ 181.9M $ 39.8M $  20M $ 19.7M $ 142.2M
San Antonio MSA 12,348 $ 206M $ 47.8M $ 22.5M $ 25.3M $ 158.2M

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