community, education, immigration

Who and Where the DREAMers Are

WASHINGTON D.C. – Exactly who might be eligible for the Obama`s “deferred action”? is the question that a recent Immigration Policy Center (IPC) report, Who and Where the DREAMers Are, aims to answer.

The deferred action policy will temporarily allow some unauthorized youth who were brought to this country as children the opportunity to go to school and work without fear of deportation.

According to the report there are approximately 1.4 million immigrants currently in the United States who might meet the requirements of the deferred action initiative, either now or when they are older if the deferred action initiative remains in place.

Roughly 936,930 immigrants between the ages of 15 and 30 might immediately meet the requirements and comprise 69 percent of all potential beneficiaries.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is designed for youth under the age of 31; who entered the United States before age 16; have resided in the country for at least five years and have not been convicted of a felony, a “significant” misdemeanor; and are currently in school, graduated from high school or served in the military.

Nearly every state in the nation has a significant DREAMer population, highlights the report.

California, one of the most active states in regards to the Dream Act and pro-immigrant rights has the largest numbers of potential beneficiaries.

326,250 of them are originality from Mexico, followed by other countries in North and Central America, including the Caribbean, (37,210) and Asia. (35,950).

Most of the potential beneficiaries of deferred action live in big immigrant states like Texas, bu t many also reside in North Carolina, Georgia, Colorado, and Washington State.

Also, overall nearly 70 percent of potential beneficiaries are from Mexico, there are significant populations from Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Asia.

Although, August 15th is confirmed as the start of the application period, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released important details about the (DACA) application.

All DACA requests will require payment of the standard $85 biometric fee, but no additional fee will be charged. Persons who wish to receive work authorization must pay the current employment authorization document fee of $380.

Immigration Policy Center (IPC):The new report breaks down the deferred action-eligible population by age and location

About Dennise Rocha

Journalist with Bilingual Weekly Newspaper

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