The Justice Department released statistics Monday that show President Donald Trump's administration in the first three months of 2018 approved more than 55,000 applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, The Washington Post reported.
The program provides temporary protection to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services filed the information in a quarterly report as part of DACA litigation in California.
More than 51,000 applications remain pending on Saturday, the Post reported.
A total of 138,470 DACA renewals have been approved since the beginning of the 2018 fiscal year in October 2017, as well as 15,294 initial applications, the newspaper said.
The Trump administration had planned to phase out the DACA program beginning on March 5, but federal district judges in California and New York blocked that plan, the Post reported.
Advocates for immigration who called for the California injunction said the data shows that their efforts have protected immigrants in the program.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra took to Twitter.
Other advocates point out that no permanent solution has yet been reached, with Karen Tumlin, legal director for the National Immigration Law Center tweeting:
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