The Migration Policy Institute now states that 350,000 more undocumented immigrants could qualify for deferred deportation when President Barack Obama's new policy takes effect August 15. This estimate raises the number of possible undocumented immigrants able to avoid deportation to just under 1.8 million, according to the Associated Press.
Under the program, students currently enrolled in school could be granted a two-year deportation reprieve if they can show they came to the United States before the age of 16, if they have lived in the U.S. for five years and have not been convicted of certain crimes.
Jeanne Batalova, an author of the report, said the program is "a powerful incentive to go back to school" for those who want to continue their education.
Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, emphasized that the program only serves to delay deportation for successful applicants.
"It does not provide a pathway to permanent residence or citizenship," Mayorkas said.
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