New York Times Reports That 72,000 Immigrants Have Applied for Deferred Action

Since the Obama administration started a program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) to suspend deportations of young illegal immigrants on August 15, 2012 , more than 72,000 have applied for the temporary reprieve.  Senior immigration officials said on Tuesday that the first approvals have been granted this week.  The figures for applications received thus far — the first results the administration has released since The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) began accepting the applications, show that large numbers of young immigrants are ready to come forward, and that USCIS has been able to manage the rush of paperwork.

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, but at the current rate, at least 200,000 young immigrants could have applications in the filed in advance of the November elections.  According to the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research group, as many as 1.2 million illegal immigrants may be immediately eligible for the program.

Given only two months to prepare, officials originally predicted that it could take several months for USCIS to issue the first deferrals, but Alejandro Mayorkas, the director of the agency, worked to rally its 18,000 employees, including some 11,000 federal workers, to rise to the task.

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