More Work Is Needed to Increase DACA Applications from Asian American and Pacific Islander Immigrants

“The Asian American and Pacific Islander, or AAPI, community is the fastest growing racial groupin the United States today. There are an estimated 1.5 million unauthorized AAPI immigrants in the country, 169,000 of whom are eligible for original or expanded DACA. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services data, however, only about 18,000 people from the top four Asian countries of origin—South Korea, the Philippines, India, and Pakistan—have applied. A little more than 16,000 of them have been approved.”