At 1.9 million eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the total population is large enough to make the fifth largest city in America, behind Houston.
Using its own "demographic methodology" to determine the size of the DACA population, the Migration Policy Institute said that as of 2016 "there were 1.9 million unauthorized immigrants potentially eligible for DACA."
Prior estimates went only as high as 1.1 million.
MPI, however, reported that there are 1.3 million who meet all of the eligibility criteria, which covers when they arrived and education and employment requirements. Then it adds in 398,000 illegals who meet all but the education requirement, but could. And finally, MPI adds 228,000 children who arrived in the U.S. younger than the minimum age of 15 but "will age into eligibility provided they stay in school."
On Friday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said that some 790,000 young "dreamers" have received work permits and deportation relief through DACA since it was created five years ago.Read more at WashingtonExaminer