72,000 Illegals Have Applied for Obama’s ‘Deferred Deportation’ Program – Since Aug. 15

September 12, 2012 - 5:22 PM

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President Barack Obama announces that the U.S. will stop deporting younger illegal immigrants, Friday, June 15, 2012, at the White House. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(CNSNews.com) – More than 72,000 illegal aliens have already signed up for a deportation deferment plan President Obama announced in June that would allow illegal aliens who came to the U.S. as children to stay for up to two years and receive a work permit – a plan that some critics have labeled as backdoor amnesty.

Under the June 15 Department of Homeland Security directive, which President Obama  on June 15, “eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization.”

Since Aug. 15, the first day that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting mail-in requests for deferred deportation, 72,000 applications have been received. USCIS is a DHS agency under the authority of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

“Following a thorough, individualized case review, USCIS has now begun notifying individuals of the determination on their deferral requests,” a DHS spokesperson told CNSNews.com on Wednesday.

But USCIS isn’t saying exactly how many of the 72,000 applicants have been granted the authority to stay in the U.S. for a period of up to another two years.

“Each request for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals follows the same basic process. The request is mailed to one of three USCIS lock boxes, where it is either accepted or rejected. If accepted, the requestor is scheduled for a biometric appointment at a USCIS Application Support Center. Packages sent to USCIS lock boxes may contain more than one individual deferred action request,” the DHS spokesperson told CNSNews.com on condition of

According to USCIS, applications will be approved or denied, “based on the merits of the individual case” -- and all requests will be subject to background checks.

“Although USCIS has begun notifying some individuals of the decision on their request, it is expected that the average length of time to process a request will be four to six months,” the DHS spokesperson said.