(NEWS) Most Undocumented High School Graduates No Longer Eligible for DACA

For the first time since the program was created on June 15, 2012, the overwhelming majority of the country’s undocumented high school graduates will be ineligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program because they entered the U.S. after the required arrival date of June 15, 2007.

According to a new report by FWD.us, around 100,000 undocumented young people will graduate from high school in 2022, with an additional 600,000 students currently enrolled in grades K-12 across the U.S.

However, of these 100,000 graduates of the class of 2022, only a quarter would be eligible for DACA, which requires (among other things) that the person applying have entered the U.S. before June 15, 2007. It is estimated that at least 100,000 undocumented students will graduate each year from U.S. high schools for at least the next three years; it is likely that each year the proportion of these students eligible to enter the workforce with an employment permit through DACA will shrink.

Boundless, June 3, 2022
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