By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
The Immigration Policy Center has released a report with details about the number of young people that could potentially be eligible for deferred action by nationality and age at the national and state level, as well as the congressional district level.
How many potential beneficiaries of deferred action live in North Carolina?
According to the report, approximately 31,010 young people in our state might meet the deferred action requirements, either now or when they are older. North Carolina is ninth among states with the most potential beneficiaries.
Roughly 18,150 people between the ages of 15 and 30 in North Carolina might immediately meet the deferred action requirements. That’s 59% of potential beneficiaries.
Approximately 12,860 children between the ages of 5 and 14 might meet the deferred action requirements at some point in the future (if the initiative remains in place). They comprise 41% of potential beneficiaries.
Deferred action, announced by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on June 15, offers a two-year, renewable reprieve from deportation to undocumented immigrants who are under the age of 31; entered the United States before age 16; have lived continuously in the country for at least five years; have not been convicted of a felony, a “significant” misdemeanor, or three other misdemeanors; and are currently in school, graduated from high school, earned a GED, or served in the military.
Immigrants who meet these criteria are commonly referred to as “DREAMers” because they comprise most (though not all) of the individuals who meet the general requirements of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.