Past Features

September 11, 2017

DACA Fraud -- How widespread?

American Border Patrol --- November 19, 2016
Breitbart -- September 7, 2017  
DACA Fraud Rate at '40 to 50 Percent', Says Former Immigration Official
    Fraud is rampant and “huge” for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a former official with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency alleges.
    Under DACA, nearly 800,000 illegal aliens were given temporary protected status and work permits to remain in the United States. Experts have told Breitbart Texas that during the Obama Administration, background screening was lax.
    In an interview with LifeZette, former USCIS manager of the agency's investigative unit, Matt O'Brien, alleged that the fraud rate for DACA is roughly “40 to 50 percent” and potentially even “higher”:
    "Based on what I had seen and what I discussed with my colleagues, the fraud rate is 40 to 50 percent. It's possible that it was higher," he told LifeZette this week.

Glenn Spencer -- September 11, 2017
How many laws should we ignore? Where does it end?
    When I heard that the government had processed 750,000 DACA applications requiring a determination that certain legal requirements were met, it raised a red flag. I did a quick calculation and estimated that it should have taken about 3,000 government-person--years to do the job. At a $100,000 per employee-year (including benefits, etc,) it should have cost around $300 million to do a comprehensive review. If it turned out to be much less --- and this should be ascertainable rather quickly --- the time given to process applications might have left us open to fraud.
    Last June I suggested: "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.”
    It has now been reported that DACA fraud was widespread, justifying an examination of the type I suggested -- preferably under the supervision of the Justice Department.
    Before Congress decides to pass a law dealing with DACA, there should be a full report on the incidence of DACA fraud and the implications for prosecutions - of applicants and/or federal employees.
    If the politicians decide against this, we must ask the question: How many laws should we ignore? Where does it end?