There are 3.6M ‘Dreamers’

It is estimated there are 3.6M illegal immigrants who were brought to U.S. before their 18th birthday.

The political debate over the fate of “DREAMers” — undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children — has overlooked just how many there are in the country today: about 3.6 million.

That number of people whose lives risk being uprooted is not widely known, in large part because so much public attention has been focused recently on 800,000 mostly young DREAMers accepted into the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

This smaller group of DREAMers is in the spotlight because President Trump terminated DACA in September, saying it was an illegal overreach of executive authority that can only come from Congress, which is negotiating with Trump on a compromise immigration plan.

While many politicians use DREAMer and DACA interchangeably, the terms are “not a distinction without a difference,” said House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md.

DREAMers got their name from the DREAM Act, a bill that has been proposed in Congress since 2001, but never passed, that would protect that group of immigrants.

The 3.6 million estimate of undocumented immigrants brought to U.S. before their 18th birthday comes from the Migration Policy Institute, a non-partisan, non-profit think tank that studies global immigration patterns. That is roughly a third of all undocumented immigrants in the country and does not include millions of their immediate family members who are U.S. citizens.

A number so large raises the stakes for both sides in the dispute over whether to deport DREAMers, allow them to stay under prescribed conditions or provide them with a path to citizenship.  USAToday

DACA Aliens Can Barely Speak English, 25% ‘Functionally Illiterate’

Potential Democratic voters?

When members of Congress battled over the budget, some threatened to block funding unless Congress provided amnesty to illegal alien Dreamers who benefited from President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which President Donald Trump announced he is ending.

Conscientious members of Congress should not give in to this threat. Amnesty will encourage even more illegal immigration—just as the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act did…

Watching television reports concerning Dreamers, one would think that the DACA program applied only to college-educated immigrants who were just a few years old when their parents brought them into the country illegally.

We are led to believe that most are so fully Americanized that they would now have trouble speaking their native language and are all but ignorant of their birth countries’ cultural norms. Thus, we are supposed to believe returning them to their native lands would be a cruel hardship.

In fact, many DACA beneficiaries came here as teenagers. All were eligible for the program as long as they entered the U.S. before their 16th birthday. By that time, there is no doubt that they spoke the language of their native countries fluently and knew their culture intimately.

DACA had no requirement of English fluency, as evidenced by the application form that had a space to list the translator used to complete the form.

The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that “perhaps 24 percent of the DACA-eligible population fall into the functionally illiterate category and another 46 percent have only ‘basic’ English ability.”

Unfortunately, many Dreamers are poorly educated. Only 49 percent of DACA beneficiaries have a high school education, even though a majority are now adults. And while military service could also qualify an illegal alien for DACA, out of the current 690,000 DACA beneficiaries, only 900 are serving in the military.

The Obama administration did not check the background of each DACA beneficiary, despite a requirement that they have no felony convictions and pose no threat to national security. Only a few randomly selected DACA applicants were ever actually vetted.

This may explain why, by August this year, more than 2,100 DACA beneficiaries had had their eligibility pulled because of criminal convictions and gang affiliation.

Even if a random background investigation produced substantial evidence that an illegal alien might have committed multiple crimes, the alien would still be eligible for DACA if he wasn’t convicted.

Thus, it seems that a significant percentage of DACA beneficiaries have serious limitations in their education, work experience, and English fluency. What’s the likelihood that they’ll be able to function in American society without being substantial burdens to U.S. taxpayers?  DailySignal

A Free Ride

Other studies reveal even more problems caused by Obama’s DACA program. The Congressional Budget Office reported that 1 in 5 DACA-eligible illegal aliens would be on food stamps in under a decade. Harvard’s Roberto Gonzales told CIS that 73 percent of DACA recipients are living in low-income housing and reap welfare benefits plus more from taxpayers. Breitbart reported that only 4 percent of DACA illegals complete college, “[M]aking the DACA population far less likely than the native American population to finish college with a degree.” TruthRevolt

President Trump To Dems: No DACA Without Wall And End To Chain Migration

This beats the usual Republican way of giving the Democrats what they want in exchange for a vague “take a look” at Republican demands later after the bill is passed and signed.

Check their ages:  The DACA program was implemented by the Obama administration in 2012.  To be eligible for the DACA program a person had to be under 16.  That would mean that the oldest of these individuals would be 20 – 21 years old.

President Donald Trump will not sign a bill de-facto legalizing illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children unless it contains provisions for a wall on the southern border, he declared in a tweet Friday.

Trump ended the Obama-era executive action, otherwise known as DACA, in September telling Congress it had six months to codify the program into law before protections expired. Obama’s DACA program issued work permits to illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and granted them certain protections from deportation. There are approximately 700,000 DACA recipients in the U.S.

Democrats have been reluctant to give any concessions whatsoever on DACA, saying the program should be passed through both chambers without any concessions on Republican immigration priorities. Trump’s tweet indicates he will not allow a “clean DACA” bill and will insist that provisions to fund his southern border wall and reform the legal immigration system must be included. DailyCaller

DACA Ending, With 6-Month Delay

“We are people of compassion and we are people of law. There is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration law. ”  – Attorney General Sessions

We should welcome those who legally come here and who respect the rule of law.

DACA was an un-Constitutional temporary program that excused illegal immigration and rewarded it.  It also promotes future illegal immigration.

799,077 illegal immigrants currently are protected under the program.

Nearly half — over 355,000 — of the people currently protected under the program live in California, New York and Texas, but populations reside in all 50 states and several U.S. territories. Their numbers range from over 200,000 in California to 162 in Montana, according to the most recent statistics from U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS). knoe

By ending the DACA program, President Trump is undoing an illegal action and re-establishing the rule of law.  He is placing this issue where it should be – on Congress.

The DACA program was implemented by the Obama administration in 2012.  To be eligible for the DACA program a person had to be under 16.  That would mean that the oldest of these individuals would be 20 – 21 years old.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services statistics from 2014 show that 84,600 illegal immigrants over the age of 25 had been approved for DACA between August 2012 and September 2013…

The USCIS figures show that between August 2012 and September 2013, 10,500 illegal immigrants ages 30 or higher were accepted by the program DailyCaller

The bar for acceptance in the program was set very low.

Has not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and does not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety. uscis.gov

Judicial Watch – DACA recipients were not vetted

The screening process is much less for DACA than it would be for a green card, and so it is much more susceptible to fraud. USCIS should answer public concerns that DACA applicants are not required to prove their claims of eligibility, cis

“I can tell you that Judicial Watch is really pleased today by President Trump’s announcement through his Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he will rescind President Obama’s illegal alien amnesty known as “DACA.” This policy was rejected repeatedly by Congress, and rather than follow the Constitution and the rule of law, President Obama unilaterally granted illegal alien amnesty to 800,000 individuals.

We’re pleased that the administration will put this to a rest within 6 months, and Judicial Watch is pleased to highlight the fact it’s been battling this issue for years. We exposed, for instance, how President Obama’s administration bypassed security background checks in “lean and light procedures” to grant amnesty to these illegal aliens, contrary to their promises to the American public that there would be a thorough vetting. And so as a result, we can be sure there are many people who have this amnesty who don’t deserve it. And of course, given the fact they are illegal aliens, they should be subject to the rule of law the way anyone else would be.

Many so-called Dreamers are innocent.  Many are not.  2,139 DACA recipients lost their status due to criminal activity.

“Most DACA terminations were based on the following infractions (not ranked): alien smuggling, assaultive offenses, domestic violence, drug offenses, DUI, larceny and thefts, criminal trespass and burglary, sexual offenses with minors, other sex offenses and weapons offenses,” U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services told The Daily Caller.

Many Americans lost their dreams due to DACA dreamers.

In 2008, 17-year-old Los Angeles High School football star Jamiel Shaw II was murdered in cold blood by gang member and Dreamer Pedro Espinoza.

According to the Los Angeles Times, prosecutors argued Shaw was targeted and murdered because the 17-year-old “was a black man wearing a red backpack.” Espinoza apparently thought Shaw was a member of the Bloods gang.

Shaw, not a member of the Bloods, was wearing a red Spider-Man themed backpack.  “The panel found to be true allegations that Espinoza committed the crime in association with a gang and that he personally discharged a firearm,” noted the Times.

Chillingly, Espinoza showed no remorse for this crime:

With hair slicked back and wearing dark-rimmed glasses, Espinoza stared blankly at jurors as the verdict was read, pursing his lips. After they left the courtroom, he glanced back at the spectators and smiled.

“Some people believe if you are brought over by no fault of your own that it makes you a good person,” the victim’s father, Jamiel Shaw, said to a House subcommittee in 2015. “They want us to believe that DREAM act kids don’t murder. I am here to debunk that myth.”

“DREAM Act kids have turned my family’s American dream into a nightmare,” he added. “How many Americans killed by illegal aliens are too many?”  DailyWire

In 2013, a Dreamer ran over two little girls, stepsisters Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, 6, and Abigail Robinson, 11, while they were playing in a leaf pile.

Dreamer Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros ran over step-sisters Anna, 6, and Abigail, 11, in 2013, who were playing in a pile of leaves in the road, killing them both. Garcia-Cisneros then drove straight to an auto car wash in what the court ruled was an attempt to wash the evidence from her SUV.

After her conviction, the immigrant sought an appeal; in 2017, her conviction was overturned, the court saying there was insufficient evidence that she knew she ran over the girls and was deliberately trying to rid her car of the evidence. She still lives in America.  Read more at DailyWire

If Congress drafts and passes a new law that would provide a path to permanent residency to people brought here illegally as children the criteria should be very strict.