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Conferring legal status on young unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as children—a group referred to as DREAMers—has been the subject of legislation in Congress since 2001. In 2012, the Obama administration launched the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative to provide a temporary reprieve from deportation to qualified unauthorized immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.
Learn about populations eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program nationally and in top states and counties.
The two data tools offered in the source article below provide estimates as of 2016 for DACA-eligible unauthorized immigrant youth as well as application rates and top countries of origin. Estimates are provided for three groups: (1) those who meet all eligibility criteria, (2) those who meet all but the education criteria, and (3) children who will age into eligibility. The data are for the DACA program launched in 2012. The first tool offers DACA-eligible population estimates for 41 states and 118 counties, as well as application rates and top countries of origin. The second tool displays eligible population estimates at the U.S. level for 18 origin countries, as well as application rates by country of origin. Click on a state, on the top tool, to access state and county-level data.