The Obama administration released statistics indicating that 53,273 undocumented youths have been granted relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
As of November 15, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received more than 300,000 requests for deferred action, with most applicants still awaiting the completion of background checks.
The figures did not indicate how many beneficiaries have received work permits under the program or whether any requests for deferred action have been denied.
At the rate the agency is processing applications, more than 100,000 requests for deferred action appear likely to be granted by the end of the year.