How Many Unauthorized Immigrants Graduate From U.S. High Schools Annually?
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How Many Unauthorized Immigrants Graduate From U.S. High Schools Annually?

Fact sheet from Migration Policy Institute

Posted: April 23, 2019
Author(s): Jie Zong, Jeanne Batalova
Organization(s): the Migration Policy Institute

A high school diploma is a core requirement of proposed DREAM Act legislation and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Yet, a fresh estimate of the number of unauthorized immigrants graduating annually from U.S. high schools has long been missing from the debate. This fact sheet, which provides up-to-date information and data for the United States and top 15 states, estimates that 98,000 such students graduate from American high schools annually.

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