Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that approximately 200,000 young illegal immigrants have applied for the Obama administration’s deportation reprieve program since the police was enacted two months ago.
While addressing a nationwide panel of educators who serve on the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council, Napolitano noted that approximately 3,000 young illegals apply for the amnesty program on a daily basis, according to The Hill.
The policy change permits individuals who were brought to America illegally by their parents to remain in the country for two years. Those eligible for the program must be under the age of 31, lived in America for the past five years, have no more than two misdemeanors, been honorably discharged from the military, graduated from high school or obtained a GED.
The Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council was created in March. The group is reportedly comprised of “prominent” university presidents and academic leaders. The council is tasked with advising the Homeland Security Secretary and her senior leadership on key educational issues.
Secretary Napolitano had this to say about the academic advisory council:
“The formation of this Council represents an important milestone towards engaging the academic community in our homeland security efforts. Their collective expertise will be a critical asset to the Department, and I look forward to working with them.”
The council is currently chaired by Dr. Wallace Loh of the University of Maryland. During the meeting between Napolitano and the group last week, discussions reportedly centered on the council’s primary function to provide recommendations on issues related to recent graduate recruitment, students, academic research, international students and security and preparedness.