Fast Start for Suspending Young Immigrant Deportations; 72,000 Apply In Month


A month after the Obama administration offered to suspend deportations of young illegal immigrants, more than 72,000 have applied for the temporary reprieve, and this week the first approvals have been granted, reports the New York Times. The data show that large numbers of young immigrants are ready to take the risk of coming forward, and that the agency in charge has been able to manage the rush of paperwork.

The immigrants requesting two-year deportation deferrals did not reach the high estimates of 250,000 that officials had said they were prepared to handle in the first month of the program. At the current rate, at least 200,000 young immigrants could have applications in the pipeline by the time of the presidential election on Nov. 6, and many thousands will probably have received deferrals and the work permits that go along with them.

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