(National Sentinel) Immigration Deformed: When President Obama told supporters ahead of his 2012 reelection that he didn’t have the authority as head of the Executive Branch to simply ‘legalize’ everyone who was in our country illegally, he was spot-on.
Presidents can’t make law on their own. The closest thing they can come to it is issuing an executive order, but as we’ve seen in the era of the Trump presidency, even those are subject to constitutional and judicial oversight.
So when Obama issued an EO ‘legalizing’ tens of thousands of illegal aliens brought to the U.S. as children under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, he was making law like a king would. His actions were clearly unconstitutional and as a result, the order was being challenged in court by several states by the time he left office.
When POTUS Trump took office he and his team assessed the DACA program to be an unconstitutional executive action, so the president moved to end it, giving Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix.
It didn’t — and it didn’t matter. A federal court blocked POTUS Trump from ending a program that was never legal to begin with according to constitutional experts, and the Supreme Court punted on the issue, leaving it in place.
In the meantime, POTUS was painted as an uncaring racist bigot for kicking out harmless immigrant children who are just trying to make the best of a situation they didn’t create.
Or are they?
According to The Daily Signal, a new report shows that the DACA program provided protections for thousands of criminals who, by all rights, should have been deported long ago:
Recently, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services did a comprehensive review of aliens who applied for benefits under DACA. Getting approved under DACA provided a period of deferred action (a promise that the alien would not be deported) as well as access to certain government benefits such as Social Security and Medicaid.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services found that approximately 8 percent of DACA beneficiaries had previously been arrested, including for crimes such [sic] assault, rape, and murder, yet were still approved.
Judicial Watch warned back in 2013 that DACA’s very limited vetting procedures were woefully inadequate, and the data has proven it right.
For those who think that, during the Obama administration, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was actually checking the backgrounds of all DACA applicants, nothing could be further from the truth. It implemented a “lean and light” system in which only a few randomly selected DACA applications were ever actually investigated, and only rarely was any of the information on the applications themselves even verified.
This new data from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services contradict claims that DACA has not been a shield for criminal aliens.
Not only were some of the DACA beneficiaries—the so-called “Dreamers”—criminals before they received deferred action, but a number of them committed crimes after they were given a free pass. Of the group of DACA beneficiaries with prior arrests, 13 percent of them—nearly 8,000 aliens—were arrested for another crime after they were in the United States.
“The truth is that we let those with criminal arrests for sexually assaulting a minor, kidnapping, human trafficking, child pornography, and even murder be provided protection from removal,” the agency Director L. Francis Cissna.
And yet — because of liberal activist judges — one president is being prevented from undoing the unconstitutional act of a previous president.
And Americans are being victimized because of it.