A new report just released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is showing how thousands of DACA dreamers have criminal histories. 

The numbers are broken down by approved and denied DACA requestors and offense from the USCIS. 

It shows 12% of requestors have criminal histories, which is 110,000 people out of 889,000, according to the USCIS. 

Locally, in the Rio Grande Valley, there are thousands of DACA recipients, like Genesis Hernandez, a senior at UTRGV. 

Hernandez remembers crossing the river near Los Ebanos, Texas from Mexico when she was 4-years-old. 

“We were walking a lot, we got to the river. It was my dad, my mom and my 3-month old baby sister. At this point my mom was breast feeding her, so she wouldn’t make noise,” remembers Hernandez. “When we got to the edge of the river, I started screaming and my dad covered my mouth ‘no grites! ‘don’t scream,’ for fear of getting caught by Border Patrol.”

Her family made the Valley home with both her sisters graduating from RGV public school districts and enrolled now at UTRGV. 

“This is where I grew up. I went to school, I learned the language and dominated it,” said Hernandez, who now works two jobs and is buying a house, “I study here and I work here.”

Hernandez understands and has learned although she has no criminal history, there are fellow dreamers who do. 

“One person can ruin it for everybody, given the fact DACA is such a sensitive program and it’s temporary, I think one bad decision puts everything at risk,” said Hernandez. 

She remembers a classmate of hers who nearly lost his DACA status because of an arrest. 

“He had a DWI and he was just starting a business and I remember his attorney told him, having that in your record you can’t stay, they’re not going to renew, you have to fix yourself.”

According to the report, 85% of approved DACA requestors with an arrest, 85% (67,861) of them were arrested or apprehended before their most recent DACA approval.

It’s important to note the data may include arrests that did not result in convictions or where the charges were dropped or otherwise dismissed. 

To see the full report, click here