ABSTRACT

Immigration: Information on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Report to Congressional Requesters   [open pdf - 611KB]

From the Highlights: "In June 2012, DHS established the DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] initiative. Under DACA, DHS has the discretion to provide temporary protection from removal from the U.S. (or, deferred action) for certain noncitizens who came to the U.S. before age 16. DACA recipients are neither granted lawful immigration status nor put on a pathway to lawful status. Rather, they are considered to be lawfully present in the U.S. during the 2-year period of deferred action. USCIS [U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services] has granted DACA to more than 800,000 noncitizens. In July 2021, a federal court ruled that USCIS may not approve first-time DACA requests but temporarily permitted USCIS to continue to approve renewals of previously approved requests. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to review the extent to which USCIS shares information on DACA requestors and recipients with immigration enforcement agencies. This report describes (1) the circumstances under which USCIS shares information on DACA requestors with immigration enforcement agencies and (2) how CBP [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] and ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] have applied DHS's immigration enforcement priorities to DACA recipients and those who may have potentially qualified for DACA since 2012."

Report Number:
GAO-22-104734
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Date:
2022-01
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
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