Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Wednesday that more than 3,000 young illegal immigrants are applying for deferred deportation every day under the administration’s new immigration policy.

About 200,000 young people in the country illegally have applied to defer their deportation for at least two years and get a temporary work permit since the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began accepting applications under the new rules two months ago, according to Napolitano.

Napolitano made that announcement in Washington on Wednesday to a panel of educators from around the country who serve on the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council. Several members of the panel — including Antonio R. Flores, the president of Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities — lauded the administration’s policy change.