Â Â Both the Mexican consulate and the Dallas ISD report hundreds of requests are flowing in for documents, apparentlyÂ for undocumented students and former students.Â Driving requests is a new initiative called âDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,â or DACA, that can halt deportations and provide a two-year work permit for the qualfied.Â
Â More than 72,000 packages requesting deferred action have been received by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, says Peter Boogaard, a Department of Homeland Security spokesman. âFollowing a thorough, individualized case review, USCIS has now begun notifying individuals of the determination on their deferral requests,âÂ Boogaard said in an email.Â Â
Â U.S. CIS began accepting applications on Aug. 15th, and one of the nationâs fourÂ processing centers is in Dallas. And, itâs unclear if any North Texas immigrants have won approval under the new initiative.
Â Â At the Dallas ISD, spokesperson Sandra Verduzco says initiallyÂ as many as 275 personsÂ made requests daily, but that flow slowed recently to about 100 daily requests. Whatâs normal? 40 to 50, she says.
Â At the Mexican consulate, requests for passports have spiked up about 70 percent.
Â School transcripts cost a mere $3.Â A three-year Mexican passport costs $74 and the fee for the immigration application cost $465.
Â To qualify, immigrants must be under 31 years old and have come to the United States before they were 16, among other criteria.
Â Those in the U.S. unlawfully need to prove that. And thatâs why so manyÂ young Mexican immigrantsÂ can be found at theÂ Mexican consulate, where hours have been extended and in surreal scenes here in DallasÂ they often stumble for the right words in Spanish.Â Applicants must also show that they have graduated from a U.S. high school or are still in high school, and thatâs why transcript copies are up.
Â U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesÂ began taking applications on Aug. 15th, and one of the nationâs fourÂ processing centers is in Dallas.
Â As many as 1.76 million immigrantsÂ could eventually be eligible for the program as they reach the age of 15, according to the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank in D.C.Â They estimate 1.26 million young immigrants would immediately meet the age requirements. As with almost all things immigration, the largest concentrations of potential applicants are in California and Texas.
Â Â More details can be found here at the USCIS website, which updated information last week.
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