Deferred Action Update: Who and Where the DREAMers Are?

A great Analysis by the Immigration Policy Center released. This analysis breaks down the population potentially eligible for deferred action by nationality and age at the national and state level, as well as the congressional district level.

The deferred action initiative, announced by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on June 15, offers a two-year, renewable reprieve from deportation to unauthorized immigrants who are under the age of 31; entered the United States before age 16; have lived continuously in the country for at least five years; have not been convicted of a felony, a “significant” misdemeanor, or three other misdemeanors; and are currently in school, graduated from high school, earned a GED, or served in the military.

Immigrants who meet these criteria are commonly referred to as “DREAMers” because they comprise most (though not all) of the individuals who meet the general requirements of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.

Not surprisingly, most DREAMers are Mexican and are found in big immigrant-receiving states with large unauthorized populations, such as California and Texas. Yet DREAMers are also found in virtually every state, and significant numbers are non-Mexicans who hail from all corners of the globe. The majority of DREAMers are 15 or older and are therefore eligible to apply for deferred action right now. However, there are also large numbers who are 14 or younger and are not yet eligible to apply, but who will be eligible at some point in the future if the deferred action initiative remains in place.

Nearly half of potential beneficiaries live in California and Texas, but there are significant numbers in other states across the country.

* The states with the most potential beneficiaries (both immediate and future) are California (412,560), Texas (226,700), Florida (85,750), New York (70,170), and Illinois (67,460).

Read the full report here. Final rules should be released this week, we will keep you posted of course, if you wish to sign up for our interest list, please do so here.