With Deadline Hours Away, 36K Hadn't Sent in DACA Renewals
Renewal submissions are outstanding from about 23% of those eligible
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 5, 2017 6:47 PM CDT
Supporters of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program demonstrate on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – Tens of thousands of young people eligible for renewed protection from deportation had yet to submit their applications hours before a Trump administration deadline Thursday night, the AP reports. Under a phase-out plan announced by the president last month, more than 150,000 people covered by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program were invited to submit renewal applications by Oct. 5. DACA shielded hundreds of thousands of people from deportation and allowed them to work legally in the country. The Department of Homeland Security said about 118,000 out of the roughly 154,000 people eligible for renewals had submitted their applications by midday Thursday. That leaves 36,000—or about 23% of those eligible—outstanding.

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