The United States Department of Homeland Security has reportedly given 4,600 young illegal Caribbean immigrants a two-year reprieve on their deportation orders.
According to reports the number of approvals for the two-year deportation deferrals has increased significantly since it reported on September 14 that 29 immigrants had been the first to be granted deferrals.
At that time, the US reported that it had received close to 180,000 applications in response to the amnesty programme since the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting applications on August 15.
A department spokesperson has said immigrants could expect the average time to process an application to be four to six months, stating that as many as 1.2 million immigrants could be eligible.
It is expected that 250,000 that they were prepared to handle in the first month of the programme, but at the current rate, at least 200,000 young immigrants could have applications in the pipeline by the time of the presidential election on November 6.