DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said this week that 200,000 illegal aliens have applied for the Administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that grants amnesty and the possibility of work permits to certain illegal aliens who claim they were brought to the U.S. at a young age. Napolitano also said that USCIS receives more than 3,000 new applications per day despite some reluctance within the illegal alien community to apply for fear of the program's future should Pres. Obama lose the election next month.
DACA allows illegal aliens who are 31 or younger apply for deferred action and a work permit if they can demonstrate that they were brought to the country before the age of 16, have been in the country for at least 5 continuous years, hold a high school diploma or equivalent, have not been convicted of felony crimes, and attend college or serve in the military. An estimated 1.8 million illegal aliens meet most of the criteria.
The Administration has been reluctant to release information in reference to DACA. It's unclear how the claims made by the illegal aliens through the application process are validated, which illegal aliens qualify for work permits and which ones don't, what criminal convictions can disqualify an applicant, what happens to illegal aliens who are denied deferred action, and more. All these questions can be found at the new website DACAFacts.com.
What we do know is that out of the first 179,000-plus applications, there have only been 7 requests for further evidence and 4,591 cases have already been approved.