“I can remember my mom, the excitement on her face, and I started to get teary-eyed just because it was a big moment in my life,” (17 year-old Nayeli Manzano) said of receiving the papers that said she had been granted deferred action.
Approval provides eligible applicants with two-year temporary legal status which may be renewed. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program had over 557,000 applications and nearly 72 percent — 400,562 — had been approved for the program as of the end of June. These figures come from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program as reported in the Huffington Post.
With the hope and determination that many Dreamers manifest, Manzano says “…I’m happy that something like deferred action came to be…but at the same time, that’s really not what a lot of us were looking for. This is only a small resolution, and I’m still going to keep fighting.”