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73,000 immigrants in state get reprieve from deportation so far

Undocumented immigrants from Mexico represent nearly 80 percent of the 268,361 people who have thus far been granted a temporary reprieve from deportation under a federal program for those illegally brought to the United States as children.

As of March 13, a total of 472,004 applications have been accepted for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, according to a report of the most recent data from the Department of Homeland Security. DACA was created by the Obama administration last summer.

The report shows that the number of DACA applications so far this year are about 30,000 a month. In September 2012, the first full month of DACA applications, 107,826 were received. In October, 116,225 were submitted.

Thereafter, the number of applicants dropped dramatically, though their numbers appear to have stabilized.

Young undocumented immigrants from California comprise 73,104, or 27 percent, of approved DACA applicants. Texas has the next largest pool of approved applicants with 49,297.

Under the DACA program, undocumented immigrants are receive relief from deportation for two years, are granted a work permit and a Social Security number. DACA does not grant legal immigration status and must be renewed after two years.

As expected, most DACA applicants are from Mexico, 354,002, followed by young immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, with 18,949, 12,603, 11,817 applicants respectively. South Koreans come in 5th with 7,030 applicants.


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