Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., referred Tuesday to those covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – DACA , program as “800,000 innocent young people.”
Using similar language, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Trump’s planned phaseout of DACA was a “despicable assault on innocent young people.”
And, not to be outdone, former President Barack Obama, who created DACA with the stroke of a pen in 2012, said that “To target these young people is wrong — because they have done nothing wrong.”
Then there are the facts.
In looking at federal data, The Washington Examiner analyzed some of the numbers and found 2,139 cases in which so-called “dreamers” were either accused or convicted of crimes.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office reported that the biggest issue facing “dreamers” is a 30 percent spike in the numbers who are willing to risk their DACA status “due to criminality or gang affiliation concerns.”
In looking at numbers since the program was created, there were 56 DACA participants who had their status revoked in 2013. That rose to 153 in 2014; 460 in 2015; 848 and 2016.
So far in 2017, 622 DACA participants have had their status revoked due to criminal acts.
Although the numbers remain low as a share of program totals, these only cover what has been reported to federal authorities.
“It confirms that the DACA screening process was woefully inadequate. The eligibility bar was set very low, explicitly allowing people with multiple misdemeanor and certain felony convictions to be approved. Only a handful of the applicants were ever interviewed, and only rarely was the information on the application ever verified,” said Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies.
Vaughn said there is more to DACA than the image peddled by the media.
“This statistic undercuts the image of DACA that has been spread by the pro-illegal alien groups and the news media, that the DACA recipients are mostly college kids. This is not true. We don’t know much about the population, but one of the few credible studies that has been done, by a scholar at Harvard University, found that at most are more than 22 years old, and only about 20 percent graduated from or attended a four-year college. A significant share never went beyond high school. This is not really all that surprising, since over 72 percent come from a family at or below poverty level and accessing some public assistance.”
Breitbart News went beyond the numbers to note how the lives of DACA participants impacted the lives of those upon whom they committed crimes.
In one example, Breitbart said, a three-year-old girl was the victim of a crime for which a DACA participant was charged.
The girl was found duct-taped, inside a trash bag, and covered in feces in the apartment of Francisco Rios-Covarrubias. He was charged with kidnapping, sexual conduct with a minor, felony child abuse, and sex trafficking.
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source: Western Journalism