Arizona is home to 4 percent of all DACA recipients nationwide

Sep 26, 2017, 1:54 PM
(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)...
(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

PHOENIX — Arizona is home to about four percent of all Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients nationwide, a recent study from the Pew Research Center found.

Approximately 25,500 young undocumented immigrants in Arizona are enrolled in the program, making up 3.7 percent of the 690,000 immigrants nationwide,  according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services data.

This placed Arizona as the sixth-highest state in the nation for these young immigrants to call home, falling just below California, Texas, Illinois, New York and Florida. The Phoenix metro area fared a little worse compared to others, ranking as the seventh-highest metropolitan area for the so-called DREAMers.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, was an Obama-era program that granted temporary work permits to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

The Trump administration put an end to the program in September, leaving a six-month window to allow Congress to decide whether it wants to write and approve legislation to protect DACA recipients.

As of now, DACA recipients whose status will expire between Sept. 5 and March 5, 2018, will be able to apply for renewal by Oct. 5. According to Living United for Change in Arizona, recipients should mail their packets by Oct. 2 to get it in on time.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Lake Powell at the Glen Canyon Dam wall on Aug. 18, 2021, as the lake was at historic lows. (Photo ...
Ulysse Bex and Emma VandenEinde I Cronkite News

New estimates show Colorado River levels falling faster than expected

New projections show that Lake Mead and Lake Powell could reach “critically low reservoir elevations” sooner than expected, spurring experts to say that “bold actions” will be needed to change course.
4 hours ago
(Pexels photo)...
Associated Press

Teen boy found shot to death in San Tan Valley home

Authorities in Pinal County are investigating the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy.
1 day ago
(AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)...
Danny Shapiro

Hoffman says ruling against mask mandate bans in Arizona schools ‘right decision’

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said a Monday ruling that a law banning face mask mandates in Arizona schools violates the state constitution and can’t go into effect this week as scheduled was the right move for students, parents and administrators.
1 day ago
(ADOT photo)...

I-17 south of downtown Phoenix back to 3 lanes as bridge project nears completion

The third lane in each direction of Interstate 17 south of downtown Phoenix has reopened after more than a year as a bridge project nears completion.
1 day ago
(Pexels Photo)...

Valley nonprofit to build affordable housing for seniors with $9.1M federal grant

An Arizona nonprofit will receive $9.1 million in federal funding to develop affordable housing in the West Valley city of Surprise for low-income seniors.
1 day ago
(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

1 child dead, another critically hurt after being shot at south Phoenix residence

One child is dead and another was in critical condition Monday after being shot at a residence in south Phoenix, police said.
1 day ago
Arizona is home to 4 percent of all DACA recipients nationwide