How many Dreamers are there?

The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday announced a 5-4 vote to block a 2017 move by President Donald Trump to end DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Instituted in 2012, the program currently protects about 650,000 people brought into the country illegally from facing deportation.

New moves to rescind the program in ways that satisfy the court are possible.

Who are these 650,000 people? CNN gives a profile of DACA recipients.

  • Although they come from all over the world, about eight in 10 came from Mexico.
  • 45% live in California or Texas.
  • They pay an estimated $1.7 billion a year in taxes.
  • They have 250,000 children who are U.S. citizens.

On a 1-vote margin, the court ruled that the order to end the program was based on a failure to follow rules rather than the the merit of the program.

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