U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released data on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) requestors who have a “criminal arrest record.” USCIS said the report includes those whose DACA applications were approved and denied, criminal and immigration-related civil offenses, and arrests and “apprehensions.” The report notes that the data include those who have not been convicted of any crimes.
The report notes that since 2012, about 1% of approved DACA requestors have an arrest in any given year. “An arrest indicates the individual was arrested or apprehended only and does not mean the individual was convicted of a crime. Further, individuals may not have been charged with a crime resulting from the arrest, may have had their charges reduced or dismissed entirely, or may have been acquitted of any charges. Errors may result from the mining of complex text files.”
A breakdown on approved DACA requestors with a prior arrest, by type of offense, shows that the vast majority were for driving-related offenses (20,926), which include driving without a valid license, moving and non-moving violations, and speeding, but exclude driving under the influence. The next-largest category of offense was immigration-related, including visa overstays, immigration holds, and removal and deportation proceedings.