Five months after President Barack Obama announced an unprecedented policy granting work permits and deportation reprieves to young illegal immigrants, the government on Friday revealed its most detailed statistics about the program.
Here are new numbers showing how many have been approved and where they are from and a timeline of what has happened since Obama's announcement.
Here are the number of requests made, ranked by state: California: 81,858 Texas: 47,727 New York: 19,320 Florida: 15,318 Illinois: 13,904 North Carolina: 11,138 Arizona: 11,074 New Jersey: 10,474 Georgia: 10,206 Virginia: 5,886
Here are the countries of origin of young immigrants seeking reprieve: Mexico: 212,514 El Salvador: 13,769 Honduras: 8,577 Guatemala: 7,630 Peru: 5,052 South Korea: 4,880 Brazil: 4,345 Colombia: 3,856 Ecuador: 3,737 Philippines: 2,613
Timeline June: President Barack Obama announced surprise deportation relief directive at the White House Rose Garden on June 15, saying it's "the right thing to do." July: Thousands of young illegal immigrants gathered school and other documents proving longtime U.S. residency and crowded legal aid workshops hosted by community groups. August: The government began accepting online applications Aug. 15 and received 36,601 by the end of the month, a fraction of the nearly 1 million people thought to be immediately eligible. Many said they remained wary about the temporary reprieve and what would happen after the presidential election. Some high school dropouts signed up for GED classes to meet the education requirement. September: Applications spiked as an average of 5,715 were submitted daily to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which announced its first 29 approvals Sept. 14. By the end of the month, the government had approved 1,707 immigrants for reprieves and rejected an additional 3,676, and had signed up about 105,000 people for fingerprint checks at offices around the country. October: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said for the first time Oct. 1 that, if elected, he would suspend Obama's relief program but honor permits already granted. Applications continued streaming in at a rate of 5,328 daily, and by the end of the month an additional 26,908 had been approved and 3,719 rejected. November: Obama's re-election Nov. 6 confirmed the reprieve will not be suspended, but daily average of applications dropped to 4,527. By mid-month, an additional 24,658 were approved, nearly doubling the total to 53,273 immigrants who now have protection. An additional 124,572 were still being reviewed. On Nov. 14, Obama said he would renew legislative fight for the Dream Act, a permanent measure offering the young immigrants a pathway to citizenship that failed to pass Congress in 2010.
By the numbers Estimated number of currently eligible immigrants: 950,000 Requests received: 308,934 Average received daily since August: 4,827 Requests rejected: 10,101 Still under review: 124,572 Requests approved: 53,273
As of Nov. 15:
Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Pew Hispanic Center
What it means
The Obama administration is granting deportation reprieves to young illegal immigrants brought to the United States before they were 16. Law-abiding immigrants who are 30 or younger, graduated from high school or served in the military, and who have lived in the United States continuously for the past five years, are eligible. California and some other states will grant driver's licenses to the same group. The federal relief -- which costs the immigrants $465 -- does not confer permanent residency or citizenship, but President Barack Obama said Wednesday he wants Congress to pass a permanent solution, the long-sought measure known as the Dream Act, along with broader immigration reforms.