Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Number of DACA Applicants Below Projections

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"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials had prepared to process 300,000 applications from young illegal immigrants by Oct. 1.  But only about 120,000 people have applied so far.  Alejandro Mayorkas, who heads the federal agency, called the response "significant," even though it is far below projections.  "We felt that we needed to be prepared for whatever might come," he said in a telephone interview.  Only about 200 applications have been approved.  Muzaffar Chishti, director of the Migration Policy Institute at New York University law school, said applications could snowball after young people see neighbors and friends gaining work permits and deferrals.  He called the response so far "a promising start," if not very enthusiastic." -