Study Offers a Picture of DACA Applicants

Study Offers a Picture of DACA Applicants

"A new study by the Brookings Institution presents what the group calls “an emerging portrait” of young immigrants who have sought a temporary reprieve from deportation under a year-old program that is one of President Obama’s signature immigration initiatives.

The study shows that the population of applicants, who must be between 15 and 30 years old, is heavily skewed toward the younger end of that spectrum: most were under 21 and more than a third were younger than 19.

In addition, two out of every three applicants for the program, known as deferred action, were under 11 when they arrived in the United States and almost one-third were 5 or younger, said the study, which will be released on Wednesday. Nearly three-quarters of the applicants have been here for at least a decade." - NYT, Aug. 14, 2013.