WASHINGTON -- The first year of the Obama administration's temporary reprieve for youth living in the country illegally is providing lessons for any broader immigration reform effort in the future. Experts say the government would need to better prepare by streamlining application procedures and providing more information about what documentation is needed to apply to stay in America.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals has worked relatively well. Still, many nonprofits and some school districts reported difficulties as they worked to accommodate the initial ramp up.
The reprieve only encompasses a fraction of the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally who could eventually be part of larger immigration reform legislation. However, because it's the first major immigration change in years, experts see it as a template for any future overhaul.