New data released by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reveals that only 2.1% of the beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program were denied a work permit. DACA was a program designed and implemented last summer by the Obama Administration to grant deferred action to young illegal aliens who met certain requirements. The program allowed DACA recipients to apply for work permits if they could demonstrate a financial hardship.
Of the 465,033 individuals who have been granted deferred action, only 9,578 have been denied a work permit.
The Center for Immigration Studies' Jessica Vaugahn who specializes in immigration enforcement has expressed concern about the low denial rate.
"The low denial rate suggests that applications are not being thoroughly screened," Vaughn told the Washington Free Beacon. "The program rules were designed to make it easy for people to claim eligibility. Applicants can submit un-provable affidavits or easily forged documents to establish eligibility."
"Whistleblowers have reported that the officials who adjudicate the applications are under pressure to approve as many as possible as quickly as possible," she said. "It's practically an honor system."
Updated: Fri, Nov 22nd 2013 @ 10:32am EST