The Julia Preston of the New York Times reports on results of the pilot program in Denver for the new prosecutorial discretion memo. Of 7000+ cases in the Denver Immigration Court, only 1300 were deemed to qualify under the new memo. The article reports on frustration not only with the small number of cases covered, but also the failure to grant work authorization to many of the beneficiaries of the policy.
Preston also notes that many of the denied cases had no criminal issues. The denials stem from ICE officials deeming the individuals to lack substantial enough ties to the US. Given how subjective such determinations could be, hopefully USCIS will provide more guidance on this subject.