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Obama’s Dream Act Only Denies 1% Of Applicants

From the National Journal:

In First Year of New Program, Deportation Is Deferred for 400,000 Young Immigrants

By Rebecca Kaplan | August 15, 2013

About 400,000 "Dreamers" have been allowed to stay in the United States in the year since the Obama administration began accepting applications for young illegal immigrants to defer deportation proceedings and receive work permits, according to data compiled by the Brookings Institution and released on the anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The numbers show that out of more than a half-million applicants for deferred action, more than three-quarters were accepted and just 1 percent denied. The applications were concentrated in states that already have large immigrant communities, such as California, Texas, New York, Illinois, and Florida. On the East Coast, the applications were from a more diverse set of countries while in the West, Midwest, and South the vast majority of applicants were from Mexico.

So out of almost a half million illegal alien applicants, only 1% might have had criminal backgrounds, or belonged to gangs, or were lying about their age? What a miracle.

But we can expect similarly rigorous standards when we do the background checks on the 11 million illegals when we give them amnesty.

"DACA has been an incredible success for our country," said Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas. "To date we have given 400,000 young immigrants the ability to continue to contribute to this country, the only country that most of these outstanding individuals have ever known." …

Where is the economic boon from legalizing almost a half million new people? Isn’t this supposed to provide a huge shot in the arm for the economy and for employment? How come our GDP is stuck at 1.7% and unemployment is stuck at 7.6%? And youth unemployment is at 16.4%.

Hinojosa and other supporters of immigration reform point to the DACA program, which began a year ago Thursday, as a sign of progress; some see it as an indication of what President Obama will do for other undocumented immigrants if Congress does not act.

"The overwhelming success of this program also gives me optimism that we can move beyond the political rhetoric on a broader immigration reform bill," Hinojosa said.

But at least one lawmaker who backs comprehensive immigration reform, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has pointed to the administration’s program as a reason the House needs to act to address the entirety of the immigration system…

"I believe that this president will be tempted, if nothing happens in Congress, to issue an executive order as he did for the Dream Act kids a year ago, where he basically legalizes 11 million people by the sign of a pen," Rubio said during an interview with radio station WFLA earlier this week.

In other words, we are being threatened. If Congress doesn’t pass amnesty, Obama will just do it by executive order. Just like he ignored the will of Congres which had voted down the DREAM Act numerous times, and by large majorities.

This is not quite what the framers had in mind for the role of the chief executive. In fact, this is more like what they would have called an impeachable offense.

The Homeland Security Department has also pointed to their successful implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as evidence that it is structurally prepared to deal with a major immigration overhaul…

Yes, their amazing ability to do background checks on a half a million people who were ‘living in the shadows’ in such a short time is simply amazing. And no one can doubt they were rigorous and accurate.

Based on estimates that 936,000 eligible immigrants were living in the U.S. when the program began, 59 percent have applied. The applicants come from 192 countries, although 96 percent are from the same 25 countries that have at least 1,000 applicants each. The vast majority of applicants, 75 percent, are from Mexico, with the next largest group, 4 percent, from El Salvador. At least 1 percent of applicants hailed from Honduras, Guatemala, South Korea, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador.

The study’s authors say the trends among DACA applicants could preview the demographics of a large-scale legalization of undocumented immigrants…

And only 1% of the 11 million illegals in this country will be turned down for legalization. We can’t wait.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, August 19th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Obama’s Dream Act Only Denies 1% Of Applicants”

  1. Liberals Demise

    1 percent turn down huh?
    There goes President Erckels’ no-hitter.
    I say fling the doors open and open the empty purse.
    Let their freak flags fly! (Then rock&roll)

  2. DACA is caca. A little spanish lingo there.

  3. My main objection?

    You broke into our house!


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