Past Features

June 16, 2017

Trump buying into DACA - and fraud?

American Border Patrol --- November 19, 2016
Daily Caller -- June 13, 2017
Key Immigration Hawk: Trump Admin. Is Following Obama's Position On Amnesty
    Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), said in a radio interview Tuesday that the Trump White House is following the “precise” view of the Obama administration regarding amnesty.
    The Trump administration has accepted and renewed Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications for at least an estimated 98,000 illegal immigrants. DACA was started by former President Barack Obama in 2012 and is for illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as minors.
    Around 788,000 illegal immigrants have been approved for the program, which doesn't given legal status, but is instead prosecutorial discretion. Beneficiaries also given work permits.
    President Trump said on the campaign trail that he would “immediately terminate” DACA, and Stein said Trump's actions so far represent a “complete flip flop.”

Glenn Spencer -- June 16, 2017    
Prosecutorial discretion or bureaucratic bias?
    When Barack Obama announced the DACA program in August of 2012, there was an immediate surge across the Arizona border. About a month later, American Patrol Report argued that failure of the Republican Party to say the surge was due to Obama's DACA program would amount to "political malpractice."
    Since 2012, 788,000 people have qualified under DACA.
  This means that the Obama Administration interviewed about 750,000 people and determined that each qualified for a temporary legal status.
    To make this determination, the administration had to find that the applicant: 1. Came to the United States before his/her 16th birthday; 2. Lived in the U.S. since 15 June, 2012; Were under the age of 31 on 15 June, 2012; 3. Were physically present in the U.S. on 15 June, 2012; 4. Had no lawful status on 15 June, 2012; 5. Completed High School or a GED, are enrolled in school, or were discharged from the military; and, 6. Have not been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanors, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not represent a threat to national security or public safety.
This is a difficult task, given that illegal aliens are also described as "undocumented."
    To examine each individual and their related “documents” and education and criminal history, and reach a conclusion for each of the qualifications, it should have taken a minimum of, say, one person-day --- or 788,000 government person-days.
    It is estimated that DACA would have cost the federal government at least $400 million, involving more than 3,300 government person-years --- the equivalent of 1,000 government employees working full time for three years on DACA interviews and investigations. If there is any kind of accounting going on, it should be a simple matter to verify these data.
If actual costs are much less, then interviews would have taken minutes --- not hours --- hardly enough time to do a proper job.
     It is also possible that many applicants produced false documents, thus committing federal crimes --- making them subject to immediate deportation under Trump's plan. Bureaucrats may have ignored many deficiencies due to lack of time --- and/or a bias in favor of approval.
    The Trump Administration should take a close look at the facts surrounding the processing of DACA applications. A close examination of a statistically significant random sample of applications could quickly determine if there is a real problem with DACA.