After President Barack Obama was voted into a second term of office, immigration experts believed that there would be a surge of deferred action for childhood arrivals applications. However, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a report indicating that the number of applicants has actually decreased, according to Tara Bahrampour’s Washington Post article.
While USCIS received more than 5,700 applications a day in September, the figure dropped to approximately 4,500 a day in November. While some experts believe that after Obama was re-elected, some immigrants may be putting off their deferred action applications with hope that the president will pass a comprehensive immigration plan in his second term, others believe that activism plays a role in who decides to apply.
“I think the first wave of people we helped were really activists,” George Escobar, director of health and human services at the Casa de Maryland and Ayuda immigrant advocacy group, told the source. “They weren’t afraid to come out and defend their right to be in this country.”
As there is currently no deadline for deferred action applications, interested participants may not see the need to apply right away. Immigration is a controversial topic in the political sphere, and if lawmakers agree on a plan, there is no telling how it may affect deferred action.
Despite the questionable future, approximately 309,000 people have submitted applications since the deferred action program was implemented in August. Some 53,000 have already been approved, although in some cases applications can take several months to process.
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