Thousands of illegal immigrants over the age of 30 have benefited from Barack Obama’s executive amnesty, which is typically associated with young college students.
President Donald Trump has yet to end the amnesty program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), even though he promised to do so during the presidential campaign.
The president told the Associated Press in April that his administration is “not after the dreamers, we are after the criminals.” The White House continues to review the policy amid a looming threat from Republican state attorneys general to challenge the constitutionality of DACA.
Lost in much of the debate is that using the euphemism “Dreamer” to refer to young illegal immigrants dreaming of college and a better future isn’t exactly accurate.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services statistics from 2014 show that 84,600 illegal immigrants over the age of 25 had been approved for DACA between August 2012 and September 2013.
The program is for illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. under the age of 15 between June 15, 2007 and June 15, 2012, and illegal immigrants as old as 30 could have applied for the program when it launched.
The USCIS figures show that between August 2012 and September 2013, 10,500 illegal immigrants ages 30 or higher were accepted by the program
These illegal immigrants could also conceivably have American citizen children, which would have made them eligible for DAPA. This was a planned amnesty announced by Obama for illegal immigrant parents of American citizen that was blocked in federal court and later rescinded by Trump.
There are approximately 790,000 beneficiaries of DACA, which is effectively a form of prosecutorial discretion that protects illegal immigrants from deportation and gives them work authorization. The benefits last for two years and can be continually renewed.