Illegal aliens who entered the United States as minors are getting amnesty from the Trump administration at a rate that mirrors the Obama years. The latest government data show some 17,000 new two-year amnesties, under President Obama’s unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program were issued and more than 107,000 renewal applications were approved in the first quarter of 2017.
Hey, it’s for the kids, right?
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services report, released on a day when James Comey’s Senate testimony sucked all the oxygen out of the news cycle, didn’t get much media attention. But the numbers are noteworthy.
USCIS’s continued soft treatment of DACA “youth” flies in the face of Trump’s pledge to reform and tighten the U.S. immigration system.
First, DACA applies to individuals up to age 35. Hardly children any more, despite the common characterization.
Second, many illegal aliens qualifying for DACA status had arrest records. Some continued to consort with violent gangs, according to a Seattle Times investigation.
Third, the DACA renewals mean fresh work permits for individuals who are statutorily prohibited from being employed in the U.S. Under Obama, up to 8 million aliens – including DACA recipients — misrepresented their status to work legally in the United States.
Though President Trump issued Executive Order 13768 back on Jan. 25 with the intention of strengthening immigration enforcement, the continued laissez-faire handling of DACA undermines that directive
While mouthing the Obama-esque platitudes about innocent children caught in the system, the administration keeps granting deferments based on a program President Trump said is unconstitutional and vowed to abolish.