First Round of Deferred Deportation Candidates Are Approved

The first round of approved applications for the delayed deportation program enacted by President Obama was announced, reports Fox News Latino. The move comes less than two months before the presidential election. 

The Homeland Security Department is set to notify a small group of people this week that they have been approved under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Applications were first released just three weeks ago, with the program being announced on June 15. 

So far, about 72,000 people have applied for the program, and the government had estimated it would take months for each application to be reviewed and approved. Background checks, including fingerprinting, are needed to approve an application. In certain circumstances, applicants will be able to pay extra fees to speed up the process, though currently there is no such option. 

Many officials are concerned about the speed of the approvals.

"The speed at which the deferrals are being granted continues to raise severe concerns about fraud and the administration's ability to verify items like age of entry, educational status and even current age,"  Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama wrote in a letter to ICE Director John Morton. "But the bigger issue is that the administration has effectively nullified existing federal law with the stroke of a pen. Moreover, it is a pure fiction that its non-enforcement policy is limited to those theoretically eligible for DREAM."

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