DACA (officially "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals") went into effect one year ago on August 15, 2012 (Happy Anniversary, DACA!). As of August 31 this year over one half million (588,725) DACA applications had been received. The acceptance rate of these applications was 96.4% (567,563). The
Accepted DACA Applications
Of the 567,563 applications that were accepted: o 455,455 (80.2%) have been approved; o 9,578 (1.7%) of the applications have been denied; and o 102,530 (18.1%) of the applications are still under review.
Decided DACA Applications
Of the 465,033 applications that have already been decided: o 455,455 (98%) have been approved; and o 9578 (2%) have been denied.
These results are very positive. Thousands of immigrants have already been approved through DACA. They now have work cards, social security numbers and driver's licenses. Best of all they no longer have to worry about being picked up and deported. Additionally, the proposed immigration reform bill that is now being considered in congress gives "Dreamers" special treatment in attaining lawful presence and citizenship. Being approved now through DACA identifies you as someone who will enjoy that special treatment if the bill is passed.