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November DACA Data Contains More Information

I mentioned in my October 18, 2012 pre-election post, Should You Apply for DACA? An Update, that it seemed potential applicants for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) were holding off filing applications after Governor Romney’s statement that he would not honor DACA applications filed after his inauguration if he was elected.

As of November 15, 2012, USCIS has received over 308,000 applications.There was a slight uptick in filings in October compared to September. Of the 308,000 accepted through November 15, 10,000 were rejected (as in not properly filed), 273,000 have been scheduled for biometrics and 27,000 have been approved. The rest are all pending. No data has been provided on denials or Requests For Evidence. USCIS estimates 1.7 million individuals may be eligible for DACA. This month, USCIS also provided data by country of origin, with the vast majority being from Mexico (212,000) followed by several Central and South American countries, plus 7000 from S. Korea and the Philippines. The bulk of the applicants live in California, with the next largest group living in Texas, New York, Florida and Illinois. Of course, the November 15 report only includes one week since the election. The next report should have better post-election data.