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1.4 Million DREAMers Could Benefit from New Deportation Policy

Posted: Jun 15, 2012


Up to 1.4 million children and young adults who are in the United States without papers could potentially benefit from today's announcement by the Obama administration about changes in deportation policies, according to an estimate by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.

The 1.4 million estimate includes 700,000 unauthorized immigrants who are ages 18 to 30 but arrived in the U.S as children and are currently enrolled in school or have graduated from high school; and an additional 700,000 who are under the age of 18 and are enrolled in school. This includes 150,000 who are currently enrolled in high school.

Overall, the 1.4 million estimate represents about 12 percent of the 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. as of 2010, according to an estimate by the Pew Hispanic Center. Among the 1.4 million potential beneficiaries of the new policy, some 70 percent are from Mexico. For details on the numbers and characteristics of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S, see the Pew Hispanic Center report "Unauthorized Immigrant Population: National and State Trends, 2010."

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