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AZ application rate highest in U.S. for Deferred Deportation

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Arizona leads the nation for application rates at the two-year mark of President Obama's controversial Deferred Deportation program.

Officially known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the program offers work permits to some young people with clean records who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

A new report by the Nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute shows 66 percent of those in Arizona who are immediately eligible have applied. The next three states with the highest application rates are Texas, Colorado and Nevada.

The national average is 55 percent.

The report says Arizona has 34,000 people who were immediately eligible based on age and education, and 23,000 applications had been processed as of last spring, with 20,000 approved. Another 47,000 people here could be eligible in the future.

Gov. Jan Brewer is pushing back against the program with her own policy denying Arizona driver’s licenses to those who get work permits under DACA.

Brewer's policy is being challenged in court.

Explore the full Migration Policy Institute Study on Deferred Deportations here:

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