More than 3,000 young illegal immigrants are applying daily to take part inÂ the administration’s new deportation reprieve policy, Homeland SecurityÂ Secretary Janet Napolitano said last week.
Napolitano said a total of roughly 200,000 people have applied since theÂ agency began accepting applications two months ago.
She made the announcement Wednesday to a panel of educators from across theÂ country who serve on the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council, asÂ reported by The Hill newspaper.
The agency began accepting applications after President Obama in June madeÂ the policy change — after failing to pass comprehensive immigration reform andÂ during an election year in which he will again need the Latino vote to help himÂ win.
The group accounts for more than half of the U.S. population.
The growing numbers suggest that whether Obama or Republican presidentialÂ nominee Mitt Romney is elected, either will have to further deal with theÂ change.
Romney has been critical of the administration’s policy, but has said if heÂ is elected, he would not revoke permits granted under the change. He has alsoÂ said his immigration reform plan would make deferred action unnecessary.
“Our immigration system is broken,” Romney has said.
Napolitano announced earlier this year the agency would focus its resourcesÂ on deporting illegal immigrants who are the most serious.
The change allows people under 31 who were brought the United StatesÂ illegally by their parents to remain in the country for at least two years andÂ get a temporary work permit. And the two-year permit can be renewed.
Applicants cannot have committed a felony or have been convicted of more thanÂ two misdemeanors. They also must have lived in the U.S. for the past five years,Â have graduated from high school or received an equivalent diploma, or beenÂ honorably discharged from the military.
Romney agrees that with the military clause.
Source: Fox News