Monday numbers

By: - September 25, 2017 6:25 am

5—number of years since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) was created by President Obama to provide work permits and deportation relief for young undocumented immigrants (“DACA has shielded nearly 790,000 young unauthorized immigrants from deportation,” Pew Research Center, September 1, 2017)

31—maximum age of undocumented immigrants as of July 15, 2012 who were allowed to apply for the DACA program if they were working or enrolled in school (“15 Facts about the Youth Immigration Program that Trump Could Soon Shut Down,” Newsweek, August 30, 2017)

16—maximum age of undocumented immigrants when they came to the U.S who are allowed to apply for DACA program (Ibid)

5—minimum number of years DACA applicants had to have been living in the U.S. when the DACA program began in 2012 (Ibid)

790,000—-number of young immigrants who have participated in the DACA program since it was created (Ibid)

27,000—number of DACA recipients approved in North Carolina as of late 2016 (“DACA repeal could impact thousands living in North Carolina, WRAL-TV, September 3, 2017)

90—percentage of DACA recipients who had jobs according to survey by the Center for American Progress (“15 Facts about the Youth Immigration Program that Trump Could Soon Shut Down,” Newsweek, August 30, 2017)

72—percentage of DACA recipients who were enrolled in higher education (Ibid)

460 billion—amount in dollars of the loss to the US economy if the DACA program was abolished (Ibid)

20—number of days since U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump Administration was ending the DACA program (“Trump Moves to End DACA and Calls on Congress to Act, New York Times, September 5, 2017)

1,800—number of governors, attorneys general, mayors, state representatives, judges, police chiefs and other leaders signed onto a letter supporting DACA recipients. (“15 Facts about the Youth Immigration Program that Trump Could Soon Shut Down,” Newsweek, August 30, 2017)

15—number of state attorneys general including North Carolina’s Josh Stein, who have joined a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s plans to rescind the executive order that created DACA (“Josh Stein and other AGs taking Trump to court over DACA decision, News & Observer, September 6, 2017)

73—percentage of voters who want Congress to pass legislation to protect DACA recipients from deportation (“Poll: Majority wants Congress to establish path to citizenship for DACA recipients, Politico, September 13, 2017)

35—percentage of voters who believe the decision to end DACA was the right thing to do (Ibid)

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Chris Fitzsimon

Chris Fitzsimon, Founder and Executive Director of N.C. Policy Watch, writes the Fitzsimon File, delivers a radio commentary broadcast on WRAL-FM and hosts "News and Views," a weekly radio news magazine that airs on multiple stations across North Carolina. [email protected] 919-861-2066