• Government Data: Nearly 80,000 DACA Recipients Have Prior Arrest Records

    Surge Summary: Tens of thousands of participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program have prior criminal arrest records – posing a problem for those who insist throwing open our borders is nothing Americans need be concerned about.

    It’s always such a drag for Progressives when the facts show up to overturn one of their cherished pieties (“Illegal immigrants are only law-abiding people trying to quietly make a better life for themselves here in America!”) …

    Statistics were released by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Saturday – revealing multiplied thousands of participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program had prior arrest records.

    Zachary Evans/National Review writes:

    The 2012 DACA program was one of Barack Obama’s centerpieces, implemented courtesy of executive action. It allowed allowed illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children to seek a two-year deportation deferment. The Trump administration sought to end the program in 2017 and it no longer accepts new applicants but has been kept alive through assorted legal challenges.

    The report by USCIS shows that 79,398 approved DACA recipients, or about ten percent [!!] of total DACA recipients, had been arrested since arriving in the U.S. Several thousands of those arrested had committed theft, DUI, assault, battery, or more serious violent and/or sexual offenses. {[!!!]

    However, USCIS also noted in a statement that the number of arrests does not necessarily disqualify DACA applicants. Those with arrest records may not have been convicted, and charges may have been dropped against suspects.

    Well, that’s a load off …  (Immigration officials might want to get the details sorted out before they throw open the doors of our nation for all these to become permanent residents.)

    “As DACA continues to be the subject of both public discourse and ongoing litigation, USCIS remains committed to ensuring transparency and that the American people are informed about those receiving DACA,” commented USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli.

    The Supreme Court heard arguments November 12 for and against the program.

    The conservative majority of justices seemed inclined to endorse the Trump administration’s claim that maintaining the unconstitutional program exceeds the scope of presidential authority, although it is not yet clear when the court will rule on the matter.

    That same day, President Trump weighed in  — on Twitter, need it be said?

    “Many of the people in DACA, no longer very young, are far from ‘angels.’ Some are very tough, hardened criminals,” Trump wrote. However, the President also said he would be open to a “deal” with Democrats to allow DACA recipients to stay in the U.S.

    To reinstate what ought to be the obvious: Border protection is a cardinal duty of any government worth the name. Accordingly, who comes in and who must go out from the nation is the purview of our elected and appointed officials. DACA’s “dreamers” clearly, not automatically excepted.

    As we see here, they have their work cut out for them.

    H/T: Zachary Evans/National Review

    Image: Adapted from: Pax Ahimsa Gethen – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62240189

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