Among the more questionable legacies of the Barack Obama administration, both legally and ethically, was the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program he put into place via an ‘executive order’. It seems that he was even aware of that when he told democrat voters, in the leadup to the 2012 election, that he didn’t have the power to ‘legalize’ people who had entered the country illegally. When he decided that he somehow could do just that anyway, many on the right were understandably less than happy about it.
Now, however, according to a new report, it appears that the DACA program is not what it was portrayed to the American people. While it was sold as a program for the children of illegal immigrants who were ‘contributing to society,’ college students, people with jobs, and the like, this report suggests that the protected status shielded a number of criminals, at least for a while. The head of a government agency, Lee Francis Cissna, even said that “we let those with criminal arrests for sexually assaulting a minor, kidnapping, human trafficking, child pornography, and even murder be provided protection from removal” under the auspices of DACA.
The study, with data from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, showed that not all the people who were protected by DACA were saintly college kids in national honor societies.
To begin with, some of the ‘dreamers’ protected by the executive order were criminals before they ever came to the United States.
Of those protected, more than 60,000 had prior criminal records before they claimed the status and protections it afforded.
Thirteen percent of them, nearly 8,000 aliens with a questionable legal status, were arrested for another crime after they arrived in the United States from their countries of origin.
Perhaps most shocking of all, the Center for Immigration Studies reported that, as of January, 2018, more than 2,000 individuals who took advantage of DACA protections had their status revoked for criminal or gang activities.
Some were even alleged to be members of MS-13, a Central and South American gang that is often suggested to be one of, if not the most brutal gang in operation within the United States’ borders today.
Perhaps most horrific of all, the Center for Immigration Studies reported that of those 2,000 who had their statuses revoked, only 30 percent were put into custody or deported from the country.
This may be due to the fact that according to many sources, the constitutionally questionable DACA program did not really perform much by way of background checks.
Allegedly, the Obama administration implemented what is called a ‘lean and light’ program of checking backgrounds for the program’s applicants.
What this means is that rather than check every single background of every single applicant, they randomly selected very few applications to investigate.
Alleged, it was rare for them to even verify the information on the applications.
After all, investigating someone’s background, and performing a proper background check, especially for someone from a foreign country, especially a third-world country, can be a hassle, and a time-consuming one at that.
According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director L. Francis Cissna, the government allowed those with criminal backgrounds that included sexually assault a minor, kidnapping, child pornography, and “even murder” to receive protection from deportation.
A recent study in the state of Arizona found that while DACA-eligible illegal aliens made up two percent of the population of the state, they made up eight percent of the prison population.
As Barack Obama, a man with a law degree who allegedly specialized in constitutional law, said before those midterm elections in 2012, he did not have the authority to provide this kind of protection to the illegal immigrants.
These kinds of choices were not meant to be up to the executive alone, and programs that cover as many as 600,000 people were not meant to be things that one person could put into effect.
DACA came about because republicans are (obviously) against simply handing citizenship or a pathway to citizenship to the people who illegally crossed the border, while democrats are against having to take a definitive stand in favor.
It seems that they know that in this upcoming election season, much like in 2012, 2014, and 2016, the idea that they allowed hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to stay in the country and even become citizens or permanent legal residents is one that is politically dangerous.
It’s an idea that could cause some to lose elections, and as such seems to be a hard topic to force a vote on.
So, instead, Obama decided to use an executive order.
Another poorly thought out portion of the Obama legacy, and one that the country will be better off to have off the books by President Donald Trump’s actions.