Good Reasons to Eliminate the DACA Program

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was adopted by the Obama administration in 2012. Its purpose was to allow some illegal immigrants who entered the country when they were minors to have a two-year renewable period of deferred action from deportation, and eligibility for a work permit. It was never intended to be a path to citizenship.

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According to information released Friday by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, the Obama administration not only gave protection to millions of illegal immigrants through DACA, but also allowed DACA recipients to obtain green cards.

“Preliminary data provided by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in response to recent inquiries from the House and Senate Judiciary Committees indicate that the Obama administration allowed thousands of DACA recipients to exploit an immigration law loophole to obtain green cards. The data also show that more than a thousand DACA recipients have already obtained citizenship,” Grassley released. “The DACA program was never intended to provide a pathway to citizenship, and the program’s legal future is in jeopardy.”

As of August 21, 2017, 45,447 DACA recipients have been approved for advance parole through an I-131 Application for travel documents. This approval allows a DACA recipient to travel out of the country and legally return, making them eligible to adjust their immigration status and receive a green card.  Another 3,993 had their applications denied.

The data provided indicates 59,778 DACA recipients have applied for Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status—also known as a ‘green card’—and 39,514 have been approved.  Of those who received LPR status, 2,181 have applied for U.S. citizenship and 1,056 have become U.S. citizens.

Acquiring a green card is a major step toward obtaining American citizenship, which gives individuals the right to vote.

Adding insult to injury the Obama administration used fees paid by legal immigrants to pay for DACA, which allows millions of illegal immigrants to cut the line without paying hefty fees.

 

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17 Responses to Good Reasons to Eliminate the DACA Program

  1. kinthenorthwest says:

    They need to all be deported NOW!!!!
    First off–ALL Illegals have lied since the day they first crossed the border Illegally So how can we believe any of them on their applications; where they were born, when they entered, past jobs, past crimes, identities used and ??. Most of the media stories about what a bad man Trump is for deporting some poor immigrant, usually shows their many lies and crimes committed prior to their DACA application.
    Secondly ALL illegals are criminals who have no respect for American laws, America & Americans. Every illegal has broken at least one law, usually more. H3LL Calif Senator Deleon says majority are felons guilty of identity thief. (Do you realize the damage identity thief does to someone). Still can’t figure out how someone who disrespects the law can be termed law abiding.

    Thirdly–Why should anybody get to choose which laws they are to obey in any country. Trey explains it best, even if you don’t like him.

    Oh I could go on…but I think its time for a break

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  2. joshua says:

    ‘We’re here for our parents’: Fort Worth students walk out to protest Texas’ tough immigration law
    Some North Texas students walked out of classes on Friday to protest President Donald Trump’s potential plan to scrap a program that allows children of immigrants to live and work in the U.S. and to voice opposition to a controversial Texas immigration law.
    Nearly 150 students from Fort Worth’s South Hills High School walked out of their Fort Worth campus to take a stand against the possible end of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative. They were also protesting Texas’ so-called sanctuary cities law. A federal judge blocked significant portions of that law, passed in the spring by the Legislature as Senate Bill 4.
    The students marched nearly a mile to a neighborhood park, carrying signs reading “SB4 is racism” as cars passed, honking in support.
    A handful of students took turns addressing the crowd, most saying they were afraid of losing their parents or abuelitos — grandparents — during a random police stop that could lead to their deportation. The law, which was to go into effect on Friday, would have prohibited city and state officials from banning police from asking about immigration status.
    Sophomore Jesus Acosta said the law needs to be eliminated altogether. Since it passed, the teen worries every time his parents leave the house to go to work or take his younger brother to school.
    “It’s not right seeing this governor trying to take my parents away and trying to pull them over,” the teen said. “It hurts me knowing I could lose my parents, my uncles, my aunts, my cousins.”
    Gov. Greg Abbott has supported the legislation, saying it makes communities safer. He declared the effort one of his emergency items during the regular session as he wanted to go after agencies like Travis County that had implemented so-called sanctuary city policies.
    Law enforcement agencies overwhelmingly opposed the legislation, saying it would make their jobs harder by eroding public trust in police. A federal judge agreed in his 94-page ruling that struck down key portions of the law.

    Students from various areas of North Texas were to walk out of classes Friday out of solidarity, including South Hills and the University of Texas at Arlington.
    The students are worried the law remains an ongoing threat and that police could find ways to use it to detain immigrants like their families. “We’re here for our parents,” one student yelled.
    South Hills junior Julie Reyes said she was 9 when, one winter, her dad was stopped by police and then deported. Now she lives in fear every day that she’ll lose her mom, too.
    “He was going out of town to work to give me and my sister a better life,” Reyes said. “Tell me why a random cop stops him, asks for his papers — just like this law is going to do to us — and he didn’t even do anything. He was just driving like a normal person.”
    Other students worried that the Texas law and other immigration policies would lead to racial profiling of minorities.
    “Our skin color doesn’t define who we are,” said Veronica Olalde, a senior.
    Some students said they’ve been marching at Fort Worth’s City Hall, encouraging officials there to join the lawsuit against the new law. Fort Worth did not join the suit.
    Meanwhile, a group of about 50 students and community members marched around the UTA campus at midday Friday. Other students stopped and videoed as the marchers passed buildings chanting: “Abbott, you dumb. We don’t want your racist scum.”
    Arlington resident Lorraine Levine rallied with her mother in mind, who was a refugee from Hitler’s Germany, she said.
    “I don’t like the harassment of any sort of immigrant,” Levine said. “I mean, the rest of our family was killed.”
    Levine believes the Texas law could lead to racial profiling. Mark Napieralski, president of the Progressive Student Union at UTA, agrees. He noted that his mother was not profiled by authorities, though she had a green card as an immigrant from Ireland.
    “If she’s not gonna be asked, then ultimately why are others being asked?” Napieralski said. “It’s because of the situation here in the United States. If someone is not white enough for some officers, they are not American enough.”

    Mark Napieralski , president of the Progressive Student Union at the University of Texas at Arlington, led protesters on the campus on Friday.

    Now that the Texas law is on hold, many students are focusing efforts on defending DACA, a federal program put in place under the Obama administration.
    The White House says President Donald Trump is considering whether to end the program. Trump could let the program expire over time or rescind it. DACA allows for qualifying children of immigrants to have two-year, renewable work permits and a reprieve from potential deportation. About 800,000 immigrants have DACA status.
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been leading the call among 10 states who are insisting Trump end DACA or face a lawsuit.
    When asked about DACA on Friday, Trump said, “We’ll issue it sometime over the weekend; sometime today or over the weekend, we’ll have a decision. We’ll issue it sometime over the weekend, maybe this afternoon.”
    Last February, hundreds of students in Dallas walked out as part of “Un Dia Sin Immigrantes” or “A Day Without Immigrants,” a national strike in which many immigrant-owned businesses were closed.

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    • kinthenorthwest says:

      Do a prison ministry and know a lot of good prisoners who turned around their lives who have been separated from their families, but they broke the law. Do we let them go because they have families that miss them? H3LL a lot of them spend years knowing they would eventually get caught, but they did. The same with the Illegals.
      How about all the prisoners who sold drugs, robbed, committed fraud and other things because their families were hungry. Do we let them go for their crimes!!
      For that matter I grew up poor way before there was any welfare yet my mother didn’t go around breaking the law.
      At what point do we stop enforcing the laws of the land and whom do we allow to break our laws. Just listen to Trey I think he points it out very well.
      Do I need to ask When the HELL do we start taking care of America and Americans!!
      Now is time to take care of America & Americans before we let the invaders destroy us.

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    • Lucille says:

      If a DACA student willingly leaves with his parents, he won’t be losing them as the teenage male says he fears if they are deported. If he’s a citizen of Mexico, then he needs to return there and make it a better place.

      There’s not the slightest reason in the world why the U.S. should let them stay. Their attitude is threatening and insolent and they don’t believe in the rule of law. They will be troublemakers in the future just like they are now. We’ve got enough excitable and emotional actual citizens in the U.S. We don’t need more.

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      • Indeed. In addition, I can’t think of any other country that lets people come in, drop a kid, then lets them all stay because they had a child here. This is insanity. Deport them all.

        And for the love of all things sane and decent, DON’T let a woman who walks across the border to have her child on US soil register that child as an American citizen, cause it’s not and it won’t be raised as one either. Don’t even take them to the hospital. Take ’em right back across the border.

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  3. in says:

    It’s really something how illegal immigrants can receive so much, when those of us who had to do it the right way to obtain our green cards and U.S. citizenship had to wait for such a long time for the process. Great post!

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