"Most were 10 years old or younger at the time of entry," the Center for Rural Affairs reported in March. "These children grew up attending the same schools, watching the same television, and living in the same neighborhoods as children who were born in the U.S. Today, the average DACA recipient is 22 years old, has a job, is pursuing higher education, and makes $17 an hour; more successful than the average American born in the country ages 20 to 24."
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In rural areas, they may find that life will become more difficult. Cindy Carcamo of the Los Angeles Times reports, "In rural America and places where there are very few immigrants — being a Dreamer can be very isolating, said Roberto Gonzales, a Harvard University sociologist who has been studying DACA and its recipients throughout the nation."
Gonzales told Carcamo, “In the absence of federal immigration reform states, counties and municipalities have been left to craft local solutions to a broken immigration system. . . . While mayors in cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle have pledged to remain sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants, smaller rural areas will not be able to shield young people. And in less populated areas, young immigrants may be more vulnerable to apprehension and hate crimes.”