Dreamers risk deportation due to fear, bureaucracy

Protestors in favor of the Dream Act on the National Mall. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for

Fear and confusion keep many DACA holders from applying to renew their status, the L.A. Times' Joseph Tanfani reports.

What's happening: "The federal statistics tell a story of thousands of procrastinations, private calculations and personal gambles. ... There's a disincentive to applying too early: Renewals are good for two years from the day they're issued, not two years added on to the original period."