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Of the 1.2 million eligible for DACA, 55% have applied to date

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) has just released a new report about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The report offers data about what has occurred during the first two years of the program. 

According to the report, of the 1.2 million people who immediately met the criteria for eligibility when the program was launched in the summer of 2012, 55% (or roughly 660,000) have already applied for DACA. Of those whose applications were approved, nearly 25,000 have submitted applications to renew their DACA status as of July 20, 2014.

The report also includes estimates, based on U.S. Census data, regarding the countries of origin, educational attainment, employment, English proficiency, age, gender, and poverty rates for the DACA population nationally and for key states, as well as for particular national-origin groups.

MPI points out that in addition to the 1.2 million people who were immediately eligible for DACA, there are more than 900,000 others who came to the U.S. as children and are potentially eligible. We will have to wait and see what percentage of this population decides to apply for the benefit.

Read the full report, DACA at the Two-Year Mark: A National and State Profile of Youth Eligible and Applying for Deferred Action.