Past Features

September 4, 2017

The end of DACA?
Will an investigation follow?

Breitbart -- September 3, 2017
Politico: Donald Trump Will Close DACA Amnesty
    President Donald Trump has decided to formally end President Barack Obama's legally troubled “DACA” amnesty for 800,000 younger illegal immigrants, according to Politico.
    The leak to Politico came from two officials, according to the Politico article.
    President Donald Trump has decided to end the Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, according to two sources familiar with his thinking.
    Trump's decision will anger business interests, progressives, and the establishment media sector, and some business-friendly GOP leaders, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan. But the decision likely will be broadly popular among the majority of Americans.
    Many polls show that Americans sympathize with the illegals, but also strongly prefer that immigration laws be used to ensure that Americans workers are not disadvantaged by the corporate hiring of cheap illegal migrants.
    Trump is expected to combine his Tuesday announcement of the program's demise with a call for Congress to pass pro-American immigration reform, such as the popular Raise Act merit immigration bill.

Glenn Spencer -- June 16, 2017
Revisited: Prosecutorial discretion or bureaucratic bias?
....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.” [...]
     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.