DACA recipients offered new health care opportunities

For 14 years, immigrants covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation were left without federal protection or regulations allowing enrollment in legally mandated public or private health insurance plans. on affordable care. President Joe Biden intends to remedy this omission on Friday, May 10, when he approves the extension of these policies to more than 100,000 DACA recipients.

The United States is home to more than 530,000 DACA recipients, commonly known as Dreamers, according to national statistics. New York City is home to 35,000 DACA recipients, 81% of whom are currently in the workforce.

“Nearly 12 years ago, President Obama and I announced the DACA program to allow our young people to live and work in the only country they call home,” Biden said in a public speech. “Since then, DACA has provided more than 800,000 Dreamers with the opportunity to work legally, pursue an education, and use their immense talents to make our communities better and stronger.

“I am proud of the contributions Dreamers make to our country and am committed to providing them with the support they need to succeed. I have already directed the Department of Homeland Security to take all appropriate measures to “preserve and strengthen” DACA. And that’s why…we’re taking this historic step to ensure that DACA recipients have the same access to health care through the Affordable Care Act as their neighbors.