Immigration Section
April 2014 Issue
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Pace Of 'Deferred Action' Applications Slows Down

Applications by young immigrants for work permits and deportation deferrals under the government’s Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals policy have slowed since the program began in August.

The number of applications dropped from a peak of 5,715 a day in September to 4,527 a day in November, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Some 264,000 applications have been submitted to date with the highest numbers coming from California, Texas and New York.

The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that up to 1.4 million people may be eligible for the program. Immigration authorities and advocacy groups have cited several possibilities for the decline in applications:

  • Some individuals delayed filing until after the U.S. election had taken place in case of a change in the administration.
  • Many of those actively seeking the deferrals were in the “first wave” of applicants and have already completed the paperwork.
  • Families with several eligible individuals may find it difficult to raise the $465 filing fee for each child, so they are spacing out the applications.
  • Some are not aware they are eligible or are too afraid to fill out an application.
  • Some may be waiting to see if there is a legislative fix, providing a permanent legal status for immigrants who arrived here as children.

Advocacy groups, states’ Attorneys General and the NNA have issued numerous warnings to the public to be aware of the difference between the terms “Notary” and “Notario Publico” to protect individuals from fraud.

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