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:
Here are the countries of origin of young immigrants seeking reprieve:
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.