Less Than 4 Percent Approved for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Live in Arizona

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Of more than 500,000 young immigrants who have been given relief from deportation by the Obama Administration, less than 4 percent live in Arizona.

A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services report on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program shows only about 19,000 of the 500,000 immigrants approved for the program live in this state. Several other non-border states have larger populations approved for the program.

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The program allows some immigrants who were brought here illegally when they were young to apply for a work permit, and to stay in the country without the threat of deportation. It only includes people who lived in the U.S. since mid-2007.

The recently released report covers applications during the first year of the program, from August 2012 to September 2013.

The top-five states with the most approval are California (which accounted for 30 percent of all approvals), Texas, Illinois, New York, and Florida. Arizona had the sixth-most, but the top five account for more than 60 percent of all approvals in the DACA program.

The USCIS report lists 23 different countries of birth for these applicants, but in Arizona, 97 percent were born in Mexico.


Of the 19,000 young immigrants granted DACA status in Arizona, about 16,300 live in the Phoenix metro area, according to the report.

People who have been granted the DACA status have to apply for renewal every two years.

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Perhaps if those dreamer kids could do some outreach and help their peers instead of grandizing themselves in the media or throwing themselves under the DHS bus this number could be higher.

Fact is, dreamers that are eligible and qualify need assistance but the DACA Advocates are too busy self-promoting themselves.  Shame that they have to ask their neighbors or churches for help or scrap together some much-needed money to hire attorneys when their peers could've assisted them for FREE but were too selfish to do.   SHAME ON AZ DREAMERS.  ADAC sucks anyways.. I heard of stories where they did a raffle and one young lady who won was denied her prize because Matuz and her mom conspired with the organizers stating that this girl shouldn't receive the prize and it should've gone to an ADAC member.  OMFG!  I couldn't believe it either, but it's true.   So feel bad for the kids on this chart, but not for the celebrity dreamers that have given the cause a bad reputation for the sake of self-promotion.  BTW, the girl and her mom who won the prize, left in tears that day even though they'd not only paid cash for this raffle ticket but previously made phone calls in their center as volunteers  NO MORE.  They now tell their story about their ADAC experience and this chart above only underscores this organizations incapacity to help their peers.

dennis20 topcommenter

Between Brewer's not allowing drivers licenses and this being a shitty state for all young people, this isn't too surprising. 1070 made lots of good people leave the State.

valleynative topcommenter

California has just about as many as the next 4 highest states, combined.

Arizona has about 12% of those who don't live in California.


It should be less than one percent. I heard that DACA won't be renewed.

john043012 topcommenter

I would like to know how the people who gathered the statistic's came up with a total number of illegal immigrant adult children living in Arizona ,Our school system couldn't weigh in they haven't a clue and I am sure the ones who didn't enroll volunteered that information. Must of just pulled the numbers out of their asses



Being able to read and comprehend the English language is a skill all immigrants to the US should acquire.  

You too.

valleynative topcommenter


The counts I see are of people who were approved for DACA, which means that there is paperwork for each one of them.

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