82,000 Apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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So far, more than 82,000 undocumented immigrants have applied for the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for DREAMers just a month after the application period began. 63,000 have been scheduled for biometrics. Biometrics is a fancy name for fingerprints and photographs. 1,600 have already had biometrics taken and are on the way to a final decision.

Statistics indicate that about 7% of those believed to be eligible to apply have already done so. At $465 per application, Homeland Security has received more than $30 million in fees. Unlike some other immigration programs which saw confusion in their early months, this program seems to be moving ahead quickly.

Free information sessions on DACA will be held on Monday, September 24 at 5 pm at CARECEN at 2000 Brentwood Rd. in Brentwood 631-273-8721; and on Tuesday, September 25 at 3:30 pm at CARECEN at 91 N. Franklin St. Suite 208 in Hempstead 516-489-8330.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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