The Obama administration has approved a whopping 99.5 percent of the request for the new deferred action program that protects undocumented youth from deportation and grants them work permits, a conservative think tank calculates.
The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) says this approval rate is “quite worrisome” because
it appears to be “well above” the approval rates for other programs
like it. It also questions whether the Obama administration is doing
enough to weed out fraud in the application process for the Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as it’s formally known.
“USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) should answer public
concerns that DACA applicants are not required to prove their claims of
eligibility, and that the agency is taking proper care to vet applicants
so that unqualified and possibly dangerous individuals will be screened
out and removed,” Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at CIS,
said in statement.
USCIS latest data shows
that by the end of March, the agency had accepted 472,004 requests for
deferred action. Of those requests, 268,361 were approved and 1,377 were
denied. The rest are still under review.
USCIS says 99.5 percent approval rate is ‘inaccurate’
But USCIS press secretary Christopher Bentley rejected CIS’s claim that 99.5 percent of DACA requests have been approved.
He said the accurate approval rate is 57 percent, taking into account
the 472,004 requests that have been accepted and the 268,361 requests
that have been approved.
“It’s simply inaccurate to say there’s an approval rate of 99.5
percent, because it doesn’t look at the whole application process,”
He explained that there are hundreds of requests that are still being
reviewed, including 16,778 requests that were rejected because they
were deemed incomplete. A letter asking for additional evidence was sent
to applicants whose request was rejected. USCIS makes a decision on
whether to approve or deny those requests once the additional evidence
is received, a process that could take weeks.
Bentley said he expects the number of denied requests for deferred
action will increase as USCIS decides on the remaining requests that are
USCIS statistics show there has already been an uptick in the number
of deferred action requests that have been denied. From Aug. 15 until
the end of October, only six requests for deferred action were denied.
In the month of March alone, 841 requests were denied.
USCIS has also made it clear that anyone who commits fraud on a
request for deferred action will be turned over to Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE). These individuals could also be subject to
criminal prosecution and/or removal from the U.S.
President Barack Obama announced the deferred action program on June 15.
A month later, USCIS began accepting requests for the federal program.
You can see the latest DACA processing stats in the link below: http://blog.mygcvisa.com/2013/03/uscis-update-of-daca-processing.html