Deferred Action Slows














by Barbara Nevins Taylor

Almost 200,000 people won deferred action as of February 14, 2013. But applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program slowed.  Only about 15,000 applied to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in February. More than double that number filed applications in January. The slow down is surprising because 1.7 million young people who entered the U.S. before they were 16-years-old are eligible and the benefits are huge.

Deferred Action Benefits

Once deferred action is granted a young person can:

  • Work legally in the U.S.
  • Get a driver’s license.
  • Live openly in the sunlight for least two years.

New York and New Jersey

The majority of applicants  are immigrants from Mexico who live in California and Texas. Fewer than 25,000 applied from New York and fewer than 14,000 from New Jersey.

Anyone know why so few New Yorkers and New Jerseyeans are applying?

How to Apply for Deferred Action

If you want to apply,’s video blog How to Apply for Deferred Action Without a Lawyer,  and How to Apply for Deferred Action walk you through the process.

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Barbara Nevins Taylor

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