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Tuesday September 18, 2012

Los Angeles Schools Inundated with Document Requests from Deferred Action Hopefuls

Los Angeles Schools Inundated with Document Requests from Deferred Action Hopefuls

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The Los Angeles Unified School District reported Monday that it is suffering an administrative collapse due to the avalanche of requests for academic documents necessary to apply for Deferred Action, a federal program allowing qualified undocumented youth to at least delay deportation.

The LAUSD confirmed that since Aug. 15, when the Deferred Action program went into effect, it has built up a backlog of more than 2,300 requests for transcripts or diplomas.

Applicants must prove that they have resided continuously in the country since June 15, 2007, among other requirements.

The Homeland Security Department is accepting transcripts and diplomas issued by schools as documents to prove U.S. residence.

It is calculated that about 200,000 students in Los Angeles fulfill this requirement, and consequently there has been a substantial increase in requests for the documents, creating a backlog that LAUSD authorities have not been able to efficiently work through.

Last week, the Los Angeles school board ordered that the current number of backlogged requests must be taken care of within 35 days, while future requests will have to be processed within seven working days.

A report by the Migration Policy Institute estimated that California has about 460,000 of the 1.76 million undocumented youths nationwide.