Wednesday, August 6, 2014
DACA at the Two-Year Mark: A National and State Profile of Youth Eligible and Applying for Deferred Action
Fifty-five percent of the 1.2 million unauthorized immigrant youth who met the criteria for the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at its launch in 2012 had applied for relief from deportation as of July 20, 2014, according to a Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report released today. As the second anniversary of the DACA program approaches, a new analysis by MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy provides the most up-to-date estimates of the current and prospective DACA population, nationally and for 15 states. The report, DACA at the Two-Year Mark: A National and State Profile of Youth Eligible and Applying for Deferred Action, finds wide variation in application rates across states and national-origin groups. MPI today also launched an online data tool, with DACA population estimates for the United States and 41 states, with more detailed profiles for 25 states and the nation.