The Immigration Policy Center released a report on July 31 on "Who and Where the DREAMers Are: A Demographic Profile of Immigrants Who Might Benefit from the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action Initiative."
The report shows how many potential applicants might be eligible for this announced benefit by nationality and age. It also shows where these DREAMers live at the national, state, and 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 30 and under.
To be eligible, applicants must have entered the United States before age 16, lived continuously in the country for at least five years, not been convicted of a significant crime, and be in school or graduated from high school, earned a GED, or served in the military. These individuals are commonly referred to as “DREAMers” because they are generally the same people who meet the requirements of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.
The report states that most DREAMers are Mexican and are found in big immigrant-receiving states with large unauthorized populations, such as California and Texas. But DREAMers are found in virtually every state. Significant numbers are non-Mexicans from countries around the world. 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.
To view the full report, go to: Who and Where the DREAMers Are: A Demographic Profile of Immigrants Who Might Benefit from the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action Initiative (IPC Fact Check, July, 31, 2012)