Tens of Thousands of Young Undocumented Immigrants Apply for Deportation Relief

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

More than 72,000 young undocumented immigrants across the U.S. have applied for relief from deportation since the Obama administration introduced a change in immigration policy that went into effect last month – and the first requests were granted earlier this week, officials said Tuesday.

The number of eligible applicants is estimated to be 1.26 million nationwide and 80,000 within New York state, according to the Migration Policy Institute, a non-partisan think tank based in Washington, D.C.

Immigration attorneys said one reason why the number of those who already submitted their requests is not higher is that it has been taking longer than expected to get the necessary documents ready.

Lawyers also said that some immigrants are struggling to come up with the $465 filing fee, or are fearful of exposing their status and that of their family members and are unsure what will happen with this policy after the presidential elections in November. 

To qualify, immigrants must show they arrived in the United States before their 16th birthday, are under the age of 31, and have lived in the U.S. for at least five years. They also need to have a high school diploma or a G.E.D., or currently be in school and must not have been convicted of a serious crime.

Those seeking a two-year deportation deferral and work permit send in their request to one of the three USCIS lockboxes, and if their request is accepted, are scheduled for a biometric appointment.

Once a background check is completed, USCIS makes a decision.

Although the first requests for deferred action have already been approved, it is expected it will take on average between four and six months for requests to be processed.


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Ron from Utah

That's exactly why so few thus far have applied for DACA. They are happier living in the shadows, having family sneak in, receiving benefits, getting section 8 housing, free healthcare and many other benefit's not afforded the legal citizenry. It's truly criminal what this Country's been up to. To create the underclass of slave labor is truly not benefiting US taxpayers or the our children as they cannot compete with illegals for starter jobs in burger establishments they aren't even considered if they apply. Greed again run's everything. The problem is the cost to all of us legal citizens. This stopped being about compassion a long time ago. This country looks like Mexiphornia.... go down to Orange County, Calif. and drive around for a day. It will blow your minds.This beautiful country will be a shit hole in due time if this continues.

Sep. 12 2012 09:49 PM
Dave Francis from Indianapolis, IN

President Obama should he win the election has promised that he would force passage of another Comprehensive Immigration policy. This would then substantiate that both parties would never fully enforce immigration laws, whether going against the U.S. constitution by presidential authority as we saw with passage of the Dream Act. Since the 1986 Simpson/Mazzoli bill signed into law, everything has been compromised by a failure to fully fund the policies. This has been proven by systematic failure to make illegal entry a felony, the fact the real double layer fence doesn’t exist, that the instigators of Sanctuary city ordinances are not punished by ICE and that the Birth instant baby citizenship law hasn’t been amended in the name of saving taxpayers over $100 billion dollars annually.

America has giant magnetism to people who are drawn here for public programs, that Obama czars have compromised welfare essentially drafted for citizens and lawful immigrants. These illegal entries that skirt our laws know more about our benefit laws than a good many U.S. citizens?This has especially drained the treasury of states run mainly by liberal-Marxist assemblies as California, Nevada, and New York with bloated populations of illegal aliens. Over past decades our nation has been under assault by the poverty of other countries, bringing their unborn babies here to take advantage of a passionate country that in this present climate can no longer afford to feed the world, or offer uncompensated health care. Even more significant is the onslaught of parents and children that lawfully enter our country through Chain Migration.

Sep. 12 2012 09:00 PM
Dave Francis from Indianapolis, IN

These hundreds upon hundreds of billions of dollars should be spent on the legal population, not in harboring foreign nations that continually challenge our laws and succeed with Liberal interpretation of our laws in the courts. Neither Obama nor Romney will enforce immigration laws, but the thorough saturation of TEA PARTY legislators into the Republican Party will have great influence and empowerment to propel the Senate and House into fighting against the Socialistic conspiracy or the GOP elitists who want to keep things as they are?

Here are a few of the issues that can be altered by the TEA PARTY LEADERSHIP:

1. The TEA PARTY can force a vote on the ‘Legal Workforce Act’ (E-Verify) and enact it as mandatory in every business nationwide. Those who feel they are not accountable will be looking at hefty fines, loss of assets and even prison. All those who ignore the I-9 audits in not implementing the computer to detect illegal aliens in the workplace will be sanctioned?

2. The TEA PARTY will force a vote on the ‘Birthright Citizenship Act’ concluding once and for all, that pregnant women can no longer gain citizenship through a misguided loophole for a child, just by slipping past Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) at the border or over staying a visa, leading ultimately to yet another ‘Blanket Amnesty’. What about American teenagers, who have been pushed out of jobs that were the monopoly for our kids a couple of decades back?

Neither major political party wants a true end to illegal immigration, but the TEA PARTY will insure that citizens and lawful immigrants always get first priority—not pandering to foreign nationals.

ATTN: The TEA PARTY will be safeguarding the nationwide election procedure, watching for none citizens voting in November.

Sep. 12 2012 08:58 PM
Don - "Hey Mark" from Indiana

Mark, I'm a quality manager for a manufacturing company in Indiana. I have a side business mowing cemeteries. During my mowing on the weekends, I drive through the melon belt in Indiana. All the people working in the fields are hispanic. The children of the farmers aren't even working there. I grew up in the same area and all the local kids worked in those fields when I was a kid. They don't and won't.

I have offered my own son to come help mow and get paid but, he says his pizza delivery is enough cash and he likes his time off too much. He is 26 and lives on his own.

I think we need the cheap workers to start the businesses.

Sep. 12 2012 03:22 PM
To Mark from Chicago, IL

"I just think it's questionable that people come here knowing they don't have legal status.."
This is where this are misunderstood. It's whole reason this program exists. These young people did NOT come here willingly. They were brought here as children, many as young as 1. They only know America as home. This was a humanitarian effort to help those children, who unlike their parents, had no say in breaking the law. Do we owe them anything? No. But they SHOULD be helped. People who followed the rules, graduated from high school at the top of their class, went to college, committed no crimes, and know no other place but America as home. I personally think this humanitarian effort is important and will help America in the long run.

Sep. 12 2012 01:48 PM

Well I wouldn't go so far as to say they're doing jobs we wouldn't do...I've worked in restaurants in the past and would be happy to squeeze in a couple shifts on the weekend but since I don't have a Spanish name they aren't going to call me back. I'm not really mad about though, who cares. I just think it's questionable that people come here knowing they don't have legal status and then actually DEMANDING they be given it as if it's a civil right. Sorry, illegal immigrants aren't born that way, it's a lifestyle choice!

Sep. 12 2012 12:56 PM
Don from Indiana

These people are doing jobs that our kids and grandkids won't do. I say let them become citizens. Then China won't have any advantage. They can even make more than the Chinese because of the cost to ship goods here. Our kids and grandkids can be supervisors, english teachers, computer IT, and accountants for the businesses.

Come on people, where is your compassion?

Sep. 12 2012 12:46 PM
bikerrich from NYC

Obama, you're fired. We have an illegal who's willing to do your job for six dollars an hour.

Sep. 12 2012 12:46 PM
Tony Santucci from Naples

Undocumented............Undocumented.......Give me a break......The are Illegal..........I'm so over this.....They should be arrested... Case closed..We need the jobs and money to stay here..........

Sep. 12 2012 12:22 PM

So if you sign up for the deferred action do you become eligible for the draft? How many of these kids are going to die in the Iran War?

Sep. 12 2012 12:09 PM

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