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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals One Year Progress

Posted: Updated: - It has been one year since President Obama introduced a program that would benefit more than 1 million undocumented youth nationwide, but only about 550 Thousand requests have been received nationally.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a program that should benefit 1.2 million undocumented people under 30 years old who also meet other requirements. It would grant them work authorization that is renewable every two years and access to a driver's license or state identification in most states including Washington.
Washington ranks 11th in the number of applicants from the 50 states.

"It went off like a roman candle and came down just about as fast. So we probably haven't started a new case in three weeks and the month before that, we started one new case a week. If we got 308 cases total, we did a lot of cases in a short period of time and then its dropped off to practically nothing," said Thomas Roach, Immigration Attorney.

Roach said some people may be waiting on the outcome of the immigration reform bill currently in congress to decide whether they should request deferred action or not. 

He also said the cost of the application, which is $465 Should not hold people back from applying.