There are approximately 1.8 million immigrants in the United States eligible for the Deferred Action that was announced by President Obama in June.
These unauthorized immigrants who meet the criteria for the Deferred Action are referred to as DREAMers as they constitute mostly of individuals who meet the general requirements of Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.
For those who came in late, this initiative offers immigrants under the age of 31, who entered United States before their 16 and lived for at least five years continuously, a two-year amnesty from getting deported from the country. Also, to be eligible for the same, the individuals should be free from any felony or misdemeanour in the past, and are currently schooling or graduating from a high school, earned a GED, or served in military.
Upon estimation, it has come to notice that there are three distinct groups of potential beneficiaries who fall under the eligibility criteria of Deferred Action:
- Immediate Eligible Candidates: Individuals between the ages of 15 and 30 who are in schools or hold diplomas.
- Future Eligible Candidates: Individuals between the ages of 5 and 14.
- Possible Eligible Candidates: Individuals between 15 and 30 who are not in school and don’t have diplomas, but would qualify if they get a GED.
For an approximate estimation and analysis, these potential beneficiaries are further broken down by categories of age, gender and nationality at the state and national level.
- There is a possibility of approximately 936,933 individuals between the ages 15 and 30 to be eligible for Deferred Action as Immediate Candidates. They constitute of 53 percent of all the beneficiaries.
- A rough estimate of 426,329 immigrants aged between 5 and 14 are possibly eligible as Future Candidates. They form 24 percent of all the beneficiaries.
- About 401,280 immigrants with their age between 15 and 30 might meet the criteria as Possible Candidates. They make 23 percent of the total beneficiaries.
- Of all the potential beneficiaries of Deferred Action Initiative in the United States, females form 46 percent i.e. about 808,123 while males comprise of about 956,419 immigrants.
- Of all the beneficiaries who need a GED to meet the criteria for Deferred Action, females account for only 39 percent i.e. approximately 155,650 and males comprise 245,630 immigrants.
- Among the beneficiaries who meet the requirement to be Future Candidates, there are approximately 208,139 female individuals and 218,190 male individuals.
- Of all the immigrants meeting the requirements to be Immediate Candidates, there are roughly 444,334 female and 492,599 male immigrants.
- Below is a table that shows approximate estimation of potential beneficiaries according to their nationality:
- Mexico (including the Caribbean)
1,254,083 (71 percent)
- Other countries in North and Central America
239,750 (14 percent)
108,024 (6 percent)
- South America
110,016 (6 percent)
29,990 (2 percent)
- Other Regions
22,679 (1 percent)
The largest numbers of Mexican beneficiaries are found in California (437,662), Texas (259,880), Illinois (71,619), and Georgia (35,723).
The beneficiaries from Other Countries in North and Central America are found maximum in California (51,454), Florida (38,240), New York (29,654), Texas (24,203), and New Jersey (12,142).
As for the beneficiaries from Asia, they are found in largest numbers in California (37,033), New York (11,275), Texas (6,184), and Illinois (3,958).
In California, the largest numbers of potential beneficiaries are from Mexico (437,662), followed by other countries in North and Central America (51,454), and Asia (37,033).
In Texas, the maximum numbers are found in Mexico (259,880), followed by other countries in North and Central America (including the Caribbean) (24,203) and Asia (6,184).
In Florida, the largest numbers are from North and Central American countries other than Mexico (including the Caribbean) (38,240), followed by Mexico (31,879) and South America (30,527).
The largest groups in Virginia are from North and Central American countries other than Mexico (including the Caribbean) (9,910), followed by Mexico (5,821), South America (3,940), and Asia (3,846).
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