DACA's Impact on Americans' Political Identities

In this working paper, I present evidence that DACA has reduced the American identification of beneficiaries and their loved ones.

I use data from the 2020 Collaborative Multiracial Postelection Survey, to which I contributed. I present evidence that beneficiaries had reduced American identification, as did those who knew a beneficiary. These effects are consistent across all racial groups available for study, and are quite large: between a half and whole point on a 1-5 scale.

Furthermore, I present preliminary evidence, as shown above, that those closest to beneficiaries had their American identification reduced more strongly than those who were merely friends with beneficiaries.


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Colin Cepuran is a political scientist and a policy analyst working in Kalamazoo, MI.