At first, we heard that approximately 800,000 people might be eligible under the new defererd action law to benefit the DREAMers.
A recent study demonstratees that the number of eligible deferred action applicants might be as high as 1.4 million.
Here is a recent article talking about deferred action, DREAM Act, and Obama:
“How many illegal immigrants could benefit from Obama’s new immigration policy? The Migration Policy Center estimates that as many as 1.4 million may qualify for deportation relief, mostly residing in California and Texas. That’s significantly higher than the figure that the White House has given: The administration says that more than 800,000 young illegal immigrants could be eligible for the temporary, two-year reprieve from deportation.
The Department of Homeland Security didn’t have further comment about the discrepancy or the agency’s methodology.By either measure, however, the number of illegal immigrants who officially receive the two-year reprieve is likely to be significantly smaller. As MPI points out, there are major logistical hurdles that could slow down the process.
As I explained last week, Obama’s new policy isn’t a blanket get-out-of-deportation free card: Applications for relief and work authorizations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, which could tax immigration officials already drowning in an immigration backlog.Only 2 percent of deportation cases were closed in a seven-month period, according to a recent review, which the Department of Homeland Security has blamed on bureaucratic delays. The labor-intensive process of reviewing the new applications for deportation relief “will only add to the staff workload,”
MPI points out.The Washington PostThere are also logistical hurdles on the applicants’ end. MPI notes that finding documentation to prove continuous residence in the United States “will be a challenge for a younger population, many of whom lack bank accounts, rental or mortgage payments, or utility bills.” What’s more, MPI explains, there are still unanswered questions about what will happen to those who are denied deferred action — whether they will be placed into removal proceedings, travel outside the country, and so forth. Until such issues are clarified, some eligible immigrants will hesitate to take Obama up on his offer.”
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Richard Herman is a nationally-known immigration attorney with 20+ years of experience representing families and businesses in all aspects of immigration law. Richard was voted for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© and listed in Super Lawyers© for ten consecutive years, Richard is the founder of the Herman Legal Group, an immigration law firm serving clients in over 12 languages from offices in Cleveland, Columbus and Detroit, whose attorneys have represented diverse clientele, from Fortune 500 companies to undocumented workers, from technology entrepreneurs to NFL teams. He is the co-author of the acclaimed book, Immigrant, Inc. ---Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy (John Wiley & Sons, 2009). Richard has appeared FOX News (The O’Reilly Factor), ABC News 20/20, National Public Radio, and has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Inc., PC World, Computerworld, CIO, TechCrunch and InformationWeek.