The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said that at least 293 undocumented Filipinos in the U.S. who sought Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status were found to have records of detention and apprehension.
Approximately 12 percent of the 889,000 DACA applicants, or 118,371 DACA applicants from various countries of origin, have records of detention or apprehension, according to the November 2019 report from USCIS.
From the Philippines, 293 came from this number.
DACA is an American immigration policy that allows undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to seek a two-year conditional period of deferred deportation action and become eligible for a work permit in the United States.
Applicants may be eligible unless convicted of, among other things, a felony, serious misdemeanor, or three or more “non-significant” misdemeanors.
In addition, DACA applicants should not pose a threat to U.S. national security or public security.
Arrests, however, do not automatically disqualify applicants from obtaining DACA, stated the USCIS.
In addition, 85 percent (67,861) of approved DACA applicants were arrested or apprehended prior to their most recent authorization of DACA.
Philippine-born illegal aliens ranked 16th with the highest number of bad reported DACA applicants.
According to USCIS statistics, among the top offenses are driving, immigration, robbery, larceny, drug-related, battery, and abuse.
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