In The Wind: DACA Recipients Gone Bad



The U.S. government has deported 562 DACA recipients for their involvement in gangs and various criminal enterprises.

That’s the good news, sort of.

The not-so-good news is that more than twice as many terminated beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program remain free to roam around the country.

Responding to queries by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services acknowledged that, as of Nov. 22, 2017, 535 criminal DACA beneficiaries had been released from custody and 940 had “no record of removal, detention or release.”

So 1,475 DACA recipients had their status revoked for committing crimes, but USCIS has no idea where they are. Officially, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says it is “unable to statistically report on the number who remain in the country.”

Adding to the confusion, current law does not automatically bar gang members from receiving immigration benefits such as green cards, work permits and Temporary Protected Status.

Whatever fix Congress intends for Barack Obama’s extra-legal DACA order, lawmakers must plug these glaring gaps. Any legislation that fails to do so cannot be taken seriously. (Attention: Sens. Lindsay Graham, Dick Durbin and the Gang of Six.)

One pending House bill – the Securing America’s Future Act –would strengthen existing law by blocking criminal gang members from obtaining immigration benefits, including the DACA amnesty. The bill subjects such aliens to immediate deportation.

Similar initiatives are on the White House list of urgent priorities for immigration reform.

Immigration enforcement agencies deserve credit for significantly upping the number of DACA terminations for criminal acts, most commonly alien smuggling, assaults, domestic violence, sex with minors, drug offenses, DUI, larceny, theft and weapons violations. But revocations count for little as long as the perpetrators slip through the system like a protected class of criminal.

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Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)’s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.

4 Comments

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    James R. Alexander on

    Mr. Dane is absolutely correct. Unless America gets a handle on the Illegal Alien population and begins enforcing the Immigration Laws already on the books; why would I.C.E. want to even bother; or the Border Patrol Agents waste their time, effort or their lives?

    I continue to feel this Alien problem is a direct result of the declining Democratic voter base; that the Democrats need another “pawn” to 1) add fuel to the fire of destabilizing the Republic, 2) using the Aliens as a tool to grow their base and 3) create a larger underclass of citizens. I recall how the Black and LEGAL Hispanic population was “used” for Democratic votes; then totally ignored the day following every Election. I submit the same would happen with the Alien voters.

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    Nellie McConnell on

    We need to deport all illegals and Dreamers. LE doesn’t have a clue of WHO they are and how many. The age of the Dreamers is ???.
    CA didn’t take into consideration that the state has a money, water and pollution problem, but they still want to keep illegals and non-vetted refugees.
    NO on both! Vett every Refugee for illegals.

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      James R. Alexander on

      Josh; I kinda disagree. BUT, I do believe ALL (as in EVERY LAST ONE) ILLEGAL ALIENS should be immediately DEPORTED back to the “s…holes” they came from; even if I.C.E. has to march them two by two back to the border.