WASHINGTON -- The first work permits and deportation deferrals have been mailed to young illegal immigrants who applied under an Obama administration initiative that began last month.
More than 72,000 applications have been filed in the first weeks of the program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, officials said. It's unclear how many have been approved so far.
“Following a thorough, individualized case review, [U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service] has now begun notifying individuals of the determination on their deferral requests,” Peter Boogaard, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, said in a statement.