Data on DACA

USCIS recently published statistical information on the processing of DACA applications, dating back to the program's inception in 2012.  

  • Since 2012, more than 2 million cases for initial and renewal DACA were accepted for review. 
  • The peak of applications (receipts per day) came at the program's launch in 2012 when an estimated 3629 cases were filed daily.
  • Today, daily receipts are down to 556 since only qualified renewals are currently being accepted.
  • In 2017 the total of accepted cases was 472, 852.  Nearly 46,000 were initial applications, indicating that there continues to be a demand for initial registration five years into the program.
  • Mexico makes up the highest volume of DACA recipients with more than 635,000 approved initial applications.  El Salvador and Guatemala round out the top three spots, but you may be surprised to learn that the program is diverse and includes recipients from South Korea (7896 initial approvals), India (3785), Jamaica (4432), and Poland (2002).

New applicants are no longer able to apply for DACA as a result of the program's rescission last Fall.  Federal court orders make renewals possible while Dreamers await a hoped-for Congressional resolution.