DACA Program Faces Scrutiny as 79,000 Recipients Had Arrest Records

(RepublicanReport.org) – In 2012, former President Barack Obama created a program called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) then began to accept requests from individuals who qualified for the program. Basically, these migrants were brought to the US by their parents when they were minors and are referred to as Dreamers. Recently, a report allegedly showed that some of these DACA recipients had arrest records.

On June 19, a report from The New York Post stated that nearly 80,000 Dreamers in the first five years of the program were released into the US even though they had arrest records. The majority of those recipients were reportedly between 19 and 22 years old when they were arrested on various charges.

The news sources used data from a recent USCIS report that showed 79,398 people, 10.38% of applicants, were approved for DACA status despite their arrest record. It also stated that nearly 80,000 people were denied that status or had their privileges removed, over 30,000 of whom had at least one prior arrest.

The arrests for those released into the country reportedly included driving-related crimes, excluding driving under the influence. The report also showed that 41 people were granted DACA status even though they had been arrested over 10 times. Potential Dreamers who submitted applications for the program with the most arrests were apparently mainly recently located in Texas, Illinois, and California.

In order to qualify for the DACA program, migrants must have been under the age of 31 in June 2012, entered the US before the age of 16, continually lived in America since June 2007, and have not been convicted of a felony, three or more misdemeanors, or a significant misdemeanor. The applicants must also not present a threat and meet education requirements.

The report from the New York Post did not mention any convictions, only arrests, so it’s unclear if any of the Dreamers released or granted status were found guilty of any crimes in a court of law.

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