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Approvals of DACA Applications Double

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2012

CONTACT
Adela de la Torre, 213-674-2832, delatorre@nilc.org


MORE THAN 50,000 DREAMS REALIZED

Government Approvals of Deferred Action Applications Double


WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that the number of approved applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has doubled in the last month. Below is a statement from Don Lyster, director of the National Immigration Law Center’s Washington, DC, office:

“Today’s news is about more than numbers; it’s about 53,273 young men and women who can finally realize their professional dreams. People such as Carlos, a University of Arizona computer science graduate, will finally be able to use the skills they honed at school.

“These numbers should also serve as a signal to immigration attorneys and immigrant youth who have been hesitant to submit DACA applications that the government is invested in ensuring the success of this program. The DACA application process has been a model of government efficiency, and we commend USCIS for allocating appropriate resources to process these applications. Those interested in finding out if they could qualify for DACA should visit www.weownthedream.org right now to find out.

“The fight for fair and just immigration reform isn’t over. We will continue to work with those granted deferred action to demand that Congress create a roadmap to allow the 11 million citizens in waiting to fully contribute to the country they call home.”

For more information about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, please visit www.nilc.org/dreamdeferred.html.

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