Thursday, February 9th, 2017

DREAM Plan Poses "Significant Implementation Challenges"

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"The large number of people who could qualify for relief under the policy presents significant implementation challenges that need be addressed:

  • Capacity: Case-by-case review and determinations are a labor-intensive process that will require considerable staff capacity, especially for USCIS, which is expected to be ready in 60 days to process applications. Of the immigration agencies within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), USCIS will have the largest workload. Already, the agency processes more than 5 million applications for immigration benefits per year. The two-step process — a grant of deferred action status, followed by a work authorization application — will only add to staff workload. Also, groups and individuals representing applicants (legal defense, advocacy organizations, etc.) will have to significantly increase their capacity to prepare necessary documentation, and advise clients of the consequences