Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Where the Deferred Action Applicants Are From -- Numero Uno: From Mexico, Living in California

In June, the Obama administration announced the Defered Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 

Here are the number of requests made, ranked by state:

1.  California: 81,858

2.  Texas: 47,727

3.  New York: 19,320

4.  Florida: 15,318

5.  Illinois: 13,904

6.  North Carolina: 11,138

7.  Arizona: 11,074

8.  New Jersey: 10,474

9.  Georgia: 10,206

10.  Virginia: 5,886


Here are the countries of origin of the applicants, with the number one nation winning in a landslide:

1.  Mexico: 212,514

2.  El Salvador: 13,769

3.  Honduras: 8,577

4.  Guatemala: 7,630

5.  Peru: 5,052

6.  South Korea: 4,880

7.  Brazil: 4,345

8.  Colombia: 3,856

9.  Ecuador: 3,737

10.  Philippines: 2,613

Source:  San Jose Mercury News

Last week, the Obama administration released updated statistics (see Immigration Impact) indicating that, as of November 15, 53,273 undocumented youths have been granted relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had received more than 300,000 requests for deferred action, with most applicants still awaiting the completion of background checks. The figures did not indicate how many beneficiaries have received work permits under the program or whether any requests for deferred action have been denied. At the rate the agency is processing applications, more than 100,000 requests for deferred action appear likely to be granted by the end of the year.


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