The Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has approved 4,591 applications for executive amnesty since the program began on August 15th. No applications have been rejected so far.
A total of 179,794 applications have been accepted for processing as of Oct. 10th. That reflects a significant increase over the first month when more than 82,000 were accepted. During the first month, only 29 requests were approved.
Approval provides a two-year stay of deportation and a work permit, but does not confer legal status. An estimated 1.7 million undocumented immigrants nationwide could potentially be eligible for the program, according to the Migration Policy Institute.
The Center for Immigration Studies suggests that no applicant has denied yet because top USCIS officials are pressuring adjudicators to approve applications. Before any applicant is denied, the case must be reviewed by the USCIS Director's office. The Center writes, "A likely outcome for anyone in that situation, unless that person was about to leave the agency, would be to try to figure out some way to approve the application, rather than to be recorded, on high, as opposing what appears to be the agency policy. Some adjudicators would resist this tendency, but many would succumb."
House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and others have criticized the program for granting work permits to illegal aliens when unemployment remains high, and for inviting fraud.
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Originally Published: Sun, Oct 14th 2012 @ 9:05pm EDT