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Deferred action requests continue to rise in 4th month

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released, for the fourth time, data on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This program, which was implemented in August, provides a renewable two-year reprieve from deportation for eligible undocumented immigrants that came to the United States as children.

Today there are an estimated 950,000 people who are immediately eligible to submit a request under the program. And in just four months, a remarkable 39 percent of these aspiring Americans have had a request accepted by Homeland Security.

There is no doubt that these numbers on all stages of the process are telling a strong and clear story: The deferred action program continues to successfully bring thousands of aspiring Americans out of the shadows and it's only picking up steam.

This article was published by the Center for American Progress.

Patrick Oakford is a Research Assistant in the Economic Policy department of the Center for American Progress.

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