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Nearly 80,000 immigrants approved for DACA have arrest records, USCIS report finds

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Nearly
80,000 immigrants approved for the Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals (DACA) program, which shields those who came to the country
illegally as minors from deportation, have an arrest record —
including arrests for violent or sexual offenses. The data released
Saturday by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) shows
only arrests or apprehensions for a criminal offense or an
immigration-related civil offense and does not take into account
whether there was a conviction, acquittal, dismissal or a lessening
of charges. The report finds that of the nearly 889,000 applicants
for the DACA program, 110,000 had arrest records. Of the more than
765,000 approved for DACA, 79,398 had arrest records. Of that number,
67,861 were arrested before their most recent DACA approval, while
15,903 were arrested after their most recent approval. The offenses
incurred by DACA requestors who were arrested before their most
recent approval include battery (3,421), assault (3,308), burglary,
breaking and entering (1,471), rape (62), murder (15) and theft or
larceny (7,926). The largest population arrested were suspected of
driving-related offenses excluding DUIs (23,305) and
immigration-related offenses (12,968.)

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