Migration Policy Institute: Less than Half of People Eligible for DACA Actually Have It

Within the first 100 days, the Biden Administration has taken executive action to restore and protect DACA. Yet, a significant share of the people who are eligible for DACA are still outside of the program. According to a report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), slightly less than half of the eligible population actually has DACA. Here, our Los Angeles DACA lawyers provide an overview of the data and explain the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as of April of 2021.

Report: 636,390 Active DACA Recipients Out of Eligible Population of 1.33 Million

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) allows eligible immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to obtain two-year renewable deferred action (protection against deportation) and a work permit. Since its creation in 2012, the DACA program has been at the center of many lawsuits. The Trump Administration repeatedly tried (and failed) to end the program.

Unfortunately, the attacks on DACA have likely undermined legal protections. The Migration Policy Institute estimates that 1,331,000 people are currently eligible for DACA. However, as of December of 2020, the organization notes that only 636,390 people are actually enrolled in the program. For reference, this means that the MPI data finds that just 47.7 percent of the people who are eligible to apply for DACA are currently enrolled in the program.

California is No Exception: 181,660 Out of 366,000

California is both the state with the largest number of people enrolled in DACA and the largest number of people who are eligible for protection. While California has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most immigrant-friendly states, there is still a large gap in the number of people who are enrolled in DACA. Less than half of all Californians who are eligible for DACA are currently enrolled in the program.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): Open for Renewals and New Applications

One of the biggest challenges that immigration rights groups face is getting accurate information out to people in vulnerable communities. In the context of DACA, the Trump Administration made things especially difficult. The program was consistently under attack and the rules were seemingly always changing. It is important to clarify that, as of April of 2021, DACA is currently open for both renewals and new applications. You can and should apply to renew your DACA protections. Further, if you are a qualified individual who has never enrolled, you have the right to submit an application.

Call Our Los Angeles DACA Attorneys for Guidance

At Goldstein Immigration Lawyers, our Los Angeles DACA lawyers are focused on finding solutions for our clients. Do you have questions about DACA applications or DACA renewals in 2021? We would be more than happy to help. Call us now for a confidential appointment with an experienced immigration attorney. From our Los Angeles office, we assist clients with DACA applications and DACA renewals throughout all of Southern California.

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