One-Third of Eligible 154,200 DACA Recipients Have Not Filed for Renewal

Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, October 3, 2017

About one-third of the 154,200 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients whose two-year permits are set to expire before the program’s March end date have not applied to renew their work authorizations and legal protections, according to new Department of Homeland Security data released Tuesday.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has approved or is currently considering renewal applications from more than 106,000 DACA recipients whose status expires between Sept. 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018. Approximately 48,000 people have not yet applied.

The Trump administration is asking those protected by the Obama-era program to take action by Oct. 5.

“For individuals who are still eligible to request renewal of their deferred action under DACA, but have not yet done so, I urge you to make this a priority. The renewal process is quicker than an initial request and requires minimal documentation, so take the time now to fill out and properly file your renewal request,” acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke said in a statement Tuesday.

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