Some Undocumented Immigrants Waiting to Apply for Deferred Deportation Program

While some are working on applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, enacted by President Obama, others are waiting until after this year's election to start on their applications, according to They believe the program won't continue unless Obama is reelected, and are waiting to see the results of this year's election. 

"Look, if Mitt Romney wins, he may revoke this program," said 20-year-old Andres Zamora, an undocumented immigrant who asked to use a different name. "If that's the case, I will be scared to come out and apply (for a deferral). It would just make me and my parents more vulnerable."

Andres is a native of Guatemala and came with his parents to the United States when he was seven. His younger sister was born here and thus is a U.S. citizen, but is the only one of the family to have documented status.

Many others share the same reservations, especially those who are familiar with the special registration program known as the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS). The program required certain immigrants of Arab and South Asian countries to register under the U.S. Patriot Act II. After immigrants registered, some who had overstayed their visas were placed under deportation proceedings.

Some are scared that the same will happen if the program is repealed. 

“It’s better to be careful,” Zamora said. “What’s really a temporary relief could cause more harm than good in the end, right?”

What do you think of these concerns? Are they smart to be suspicious?