Thursday is the one-year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — known as DACA. The latest figures show Oregon approving more than three quarters of applications it received since the program started.
The Obama administration started the program last year for undocumented immigrants. It’s meant for people who’ve lived in this country since 2007, after being brought in illegally as children. It temporarily suspends the deportation of approved applicants. And it lets those people work legally in the United States.
A new study by the Brookings Institution used data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security regarding DACA applications.
Report author Audrey Singer said Oregon applicants have been largely approved.
“There were approximately 7,900 from Oregon,” she said. “Of those 7,900, 80 percent have been approved to date.”
Singer said the vast majority of applicants in Oregon are of Mexican origin. She says estimates indicate about 10,000 eligible immigrants are in Oregon.
Nationally, Oregon ranks fourteenth in number of DACA applications.