Likely reasons for extremely long delays in DACA approvals

Those DREAMers who have been waiting forever for DACA approval must not lose hope as long as they are eligible, completed the application accurately, provided all the evidence, and have a background that makes them eligible.  However, we maybe learning about some of the causes for delays of even over a year in approvals.  In evidence compiled by ACLU, Muslims are being targeted for greater scrutiny when it comes to approving applications.  There is no reason to believe that people of other faiths may also be targeted as long as there are national security concerns (the program is called Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program and does not mention Islam or terrorism and that is why it is fair to conclude that drug crimes or money laundering or cyber-crimes might be on the list).  It does not mean that you need to be a terrorist yourself to be targeted, but here are some of the things that can jeopardize your application:
  1. Being born in a country with terrorism.  Visits to such countries.  Even traveling through these countries can be a problem.
  2. Sending money to countries with terror links.
  3. Attending mosques where terrorists might hang out.
  4. Donating money to groups with suspected terrorism links (many religious charities are often fronts for terrorist groups who collect the money in the name of feeding hungry children but while 1% of the money maybe used for that purpose, the rest is used to fund training of terrorists)

Once the FBI puts a red flag on an applicant the approval is on hold.  In some cases, it may take years before the candidate is cleared, in other cases, there may be no approval if there is a serious doubt that the candidate could potentially use his/her legal status in the US for committing crimes.  So if you fit these criteria, you can find some explanation for what maybe causing the undue delay.

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