August 15th, 2016 marked four years since President Obama implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The AAPI DACA Collaborative strongly encourages eligible young AAPIs to apply for DACA, which has been providing over 728,000 young undocumented immigrants with temporary relief from deportation and a work permit. Out of the total number of DACA recipients, over 17,000 people immigrated from the top four Asian countries of origin (South Korea, Philippines, India, and Pakistan). There are roughly 1.5 million undocumented Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), many of whom are eligible for DACA. South Korea has the 7th highest acceptance rate for DACA and an estimated 9,000 of the 44,000 DACA-eligible Korean Americans have applied as of March 2016.
The existing 2012 DACA has not been affected by the Supreme Court’s 4-4 “non-decision” ruling in United States v. Texas on June 23, 2016. The Supreme Court decision does, however, mean that the court injunction prohibiting implementation of DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) and expanded DACA remains in effect.
In 2015 alone, the AAPI DACA Collaborative members held over 400 legal service and over 500 outreach events. Collectively the collaborative received over 1,800 phone calls inquiring about DACA and over half of the callers were potentially DACA eligible. For more information on the Collaborative, please visit: AAPIDACA.org