Photo: Deferred Action Applicants in Chicago
The U.S. government has issued deportation reprieves for some of the first applicants under President Obama’s ‘Deferred Action Policy’. The program that has been in existence for little over a month saw 72,000 applicants in the first month.
Deferred Action went into effect August 15 and allows an undocumented young person to remain in the country for two years and get a work permit if they meet certain requirements and their application is approved.
“This is an historic humanitarian moment and I personally salute the president (Barack Obama) for his leadership,” said Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, co-sponsor of the stalled DREAM Act, a bill aimed at helping the same people now eligible for Deferred Action.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency, under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is managing the applicantion process and originally expected approvals to take several months, according to the New York Times. DHS did not indicate how many applicants were granted deportation reprieves only that it was a small number.