USCIS Only Approves 29 Deferred Action Applications So Far

The New York Times recently reported that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has only approved 29 of the more than 100,000 applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), with more than 63,000 in the final stages of review.  While this number may seem low, and may cause some to panic, one must keep in mind a few points.  First, this program was only created in a matter of two months, which is warp speed for the government.  Second, in my conversations with USCIS employees it almost seemed that when the program was announced back in June, they were just as surprised as the rest of us and had little time to prepare.  Finally, a very typical processing time for a USCIS application is 6 months or more, and it just started accepting the applications a little over six weeks ago.  So keeping those points in mind, the low number of applications approved to date should not cause anyone to worry.

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