As of September 13, 2012, the USCIS had received 82,361 DACA applications and has thus far approved 29. Not 29,000 or even 2900 but 29. Biometrics have been scheduled in 63,717 cases and 1,660 were “ready for review”.
In related news, according to an article on foxnews.com: “If elected president, Mitt Romney would not continue the new program that grants work permits and suspends deportation for two years for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as minors, his campaign says, according to the Boston Globe.”
Romney further stated that if elected, he would not revoke the work permits for those who received them but would not grant new ones. The article goes on to say: “‘The people who have received the special visa that the president has put in place, which is a two-year visa, should expect that the visa would continue to be valid. I’m not going to take something that they’ve purchased,’’ Romney told The Denver Post in an interview published Tuesday. ‘’Before those visas have expired we will have the full immigration reform plan that I’ve proposed.’”
It is unlikely that before the “visas have expired” that the country “will have the full immigration reform plan” that Romney has proposed. First of all, DACA approvals are not visas rather a reprieve from deportation with an authorization to work in the U.S. for two years. Second, it is highly unlikely that Romney’s proposed immigration reform plan would pass both Houses of Congress and become law prior to the expiration of the Employment Authorization Documents.