Bárbara Gómez-Aguiñaga is a doctoral student in political science at the University of New Mexico who works as a research intern at MPI, where she provides support for the U.S. Immigration Policy Program on issues such as immigration enforcement and deferred action. She also serves as Health Policy Doctoral Fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico, where she studies racial and health disparities of minority and immigrant populations in the United States.
Ms. Gómez-Aguiñaga has worked at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, doing research on immigration enforcement policies, unaccompanied minors, and the DACA program; as well as the Cross Border Issues Group, studying migration from Mexico and Central America to the United States. She served as research and legal assistant for several years, working with refugees from Congo and the Great Lakes region of Africa, immigrant victims of crimes, and international students and scholars.
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At the fourth anniversary of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, this issue brief describes the populations eligible for DACA as of 2016; discusses recent policy developments; presents trends in DACA requests and application rates nationwide, by state, and for top countries of origin; and examines the impacts that DACA has had on qualifying young unauthorized immigrants.