• Homeland Security Granted Alleged Child Molester and Pornographer Amnesty

    An illegal alien who was working as a camp counselor, charged with child molestation and with distributing nearly 1000 images of child pornography, allegedly received deferred deportation as a result of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

    Edgar Covarrubias-Padilla, known as “Papa Bear,” worked as a camp counselor in California and was investigated for crimes in November of 2014 involving the sexual abuse of a 10 year old boy and possession and distribution of child pornography.

    Authorities believe that he also produced child pornography.

    Covarrubias-Padilla was not arrested until May 7th, 2015.

    Whistleblowers allege that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement knew Edgar Covarrubias-Padilla was part of a child exploitation investigation as early as November 2014.

    The whistleblowers further note that Covarrubias-Padilla was scheduled for deportation but applied for the executive amnesty Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012 and received an approval and a work permit.

    In a letter sent to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-IA) demanded to know why the DHS knew last year that Covarrubias-Padilla was being investigated on child molestation and child pornography charges but did nothing about it.

    “These allegations are deeply troubling because, if true, they suggest that DHS was aware for months or years that Mr. Covarrubias-Padilla posed a public safety threat to the children he was monitoring, yet took no action to revoke his DACA authorization,” Grassley stated in the letter.

    Grassley details the background of Covarrubias-Padilla within the letter to Secretary Johnson, writing:

    “The Santa Clara County Office of Education confirmed that Mr. Covarrubias-Padilla worked at two campsites over the past two years in various capacities that involved contact with children.”

    The Santa Clara County Office of Education told Grassley’s office that it had received over 100 phone calls and 50 emails from parents concerned that their child may have been victimized.

    “These allegations are particularly alarming because they suggest that Mr. Covarrubias-Padilla would not have been placed in a position to abuse and exploit children had DHS properly vetted DACA recipients,” Grassley added.

    Secretary Johnson has been asked to respond to a series of questions about Covarrubias-Padilla and how this happened and asked for a response by May 29.


    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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