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.
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.
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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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