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DACA Applicants: Facts and Statistics

The USCIS report Characteristics of Individuals Requesting and Approved for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) offers insights into the size, demographics, geographic distribution, age and other DACA statistics. The characteristics data are presented by date applications accepted by USCIS for the period August 2012 through September 2013.

The DACA program was first implemented August 15, 2012. To qualify for the program, DACA applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have arrived in the United States prior to age 16
  • Have continuously resided in the United States without legal status since June 15, 2007
  • Be less than age 31 as of June 15, 2012 and at least age 15 at application
  • Be currently enrolled in school, have graduated high school or obtained a general development certificate (GED), or be an honorably discharged veteran
  • Have not been convicted of a felony or multiple or serious misdemeanors and not pose a threat to national security or public safety

Over 580,000 DACA applications were accepted by USCIS through September 2013; 514,800 were approved. 296,900 applicants were female and 282,000 were male.

The highest number of DACA applicants by country of birth was 443,500 from Mexico; the lowest number of applicants by country of birth was 1,100 from Guyana

The five states with the highest number of applicants:

  • California – 165,000
  • Texas – 95,300
  • Illinois – 32,100
  • New York – 30,700
  • Florida – 24,500

The five states with the fewest applicants:

  • Delaware – 1000
  • Mississippi – 1,100
  • Louisiana – 1,500
  • Iowa – 2,100
  • Kentucky – 2,200

North Carolina, by contrast, had 20,300 DACA applicants.

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area topped out with 78,000 applicants and Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida and Ogden-Clearfield, Utah had only 1000 DACA applicants.

Of the 165,000 DACA applications submitted from applicants in California, 152,000 were approved.

Louisiana applicants had the fewest DACA applications approved. Of 1500 submitted, 1,300 were approved.

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