About 300,000 young illegal immigrants have applied for a reprieve from deportation under President Obama’s Deferred Action program, and 53,273 cases have been approved compared with 180,000 applications and 4,591 approvals through mid-October, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
The number of undocumented young people applying for a temporary stay of deportation dipped in the first half of November, according to statistics released on Friday by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). David Leopold, general counsel with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said that Dreamers weren’t sure what would happen with the program if Republican candidate Mitt Romney was elected, which may have impacted the number of daily applicants. Romney said during the campaign that he would end deferred action, but seek to put a permanent solution in place.
“Since the election, we’ve seen a spike [in calls regarding DACA],” he said. “And that does not surprise me at all, I actually expected that.”
Since the election, leaders from both the Democratic and Republican parties have said that comprehensive immigration reform is a top priority in 2013.