One of the “highlights” of the Obama presidency was his executive order referred to as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which acted as an amnesty program for minors who entered the country illegally, ostensibly with their parents.

According to data released Saturday by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services shows that nearly 80,000 of those approved for the program have arrest records, including some for serious offenses such as violent or sexual offenses.

The report only reports arrests or apprehensions, not the results of interaction with the criminal justice system.

In total, 889,000 illegal minors applied for the program, with 110,000 having arrest records.

Out of the 765,000 that were approved, nearly 80,000 had arrest records; 67,861 before their approval and nearly 16,000 after their approval.

Of those approved who offended after approval, these weren’t two bit crimes for petty shoplifting.

Offenses charged include battery (3,421), assault (3,308), rape (62) and murder (15). An overwhelming majority were suspected of driving related offenses including DWI (23,305) and immigration offenses (12,698).

This report was released as the Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments this week over the constitutionality of the program. Overturning the program has been a priority of the Trump administration, which planned to start phasing out the program in 2017.

However federal courts ruled that the program could not be implemented retroactively and that DACA had to be continued unabated.

The White House and President Trump criticized this decision, stating that the president has authority over immigration enforcement policy. With that said, the president has offered an olive branch to DACA supporters, in other words Democrats, in order to let some of the recipients of the program remain in the United States.

In criticizing the program, Trump said in a Twitter post:

“Some are very tough, hardened criminals. President Obama said he had no legal right to sign order but would anyway. If Supreme Court remedies with overturn, a deal will be made with Dems for them to stay!”

For his part, the president has made offers to work on a bipartisan agreement with Democrats to let current DACA participants remain in the country, in exchange for funding his promised border wall.

However, Democrats such as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) do not appear interested. In response to Trump’s tweet, Schumer stated, in part:

“We don’t build walls. We don’t shut our gates. Immigrants have made America what it is today.”

According the a story in The Boston Globe, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court appears ready to give the president his way. During oral arguments, the five conservative justices appeared to take the administration’s side that DACA is unlawful.

They also questioned DACA supporters’ argument that officials in the administration had not explained their legal rationale for ending the program.

A decision is not expected in this case until next June, right smack in the middle of the presidential campaign. Trump has made immigration and border security a large part of his administration and will likely maintain that in his presidential campaign.

The Supreme Court case is just the latest in a series of immigration related issues that have become prevalent in the country.

Earlier this year, Democrats insinuated that ICE and DHS had been keeping illegal aliens who entered the United States in “cages.” That assertion was widely disputed by both the Trump administration, as well as by former ICE Director Thomas Homan.

Homan stated that the facility being referenced by Democrats such as Alexandria Ocasio-Ortez (D-NY) as “concentration camps) was factually incorrect.

Ocasio-Cortez also laid the blame for these facilities on President Trump, however these facilities, according to Homan, were constructed under the Obama administration. Homan also said that rather than cages there was chain link fencing which was used to separate children from unrelated adults. This was done as a safety measure.

For his part, Homan also disputed Congressional Democrats’ concern about conditions at the detention facilities.

“The people in Congress complaining about the conditions of people in custody are the very same people who are not giving the funding to make those facilities better. What have they done to address the crisis at all? What has Congress done?”

Certainly, out of spite for President Trump the Democrats refuse to give him any kind of a victory in Congress while complaining about the results of their contempt of Trump.

For President Trump, his willingness to work with Congressional Democrats on maintaining the DACA program for current participants may come at political risk. Several high profile incidents over the past couple of years involving illegal aliens have caused anti-immigration to dig in their heels.

In 2015, Kate Steinle was walking on a pier in San Francisco with her father and a friend when she was shot in the back, piercing her abdominal aorta. She never had a chance.

Surveillance video showed Garcia Zarate running away from the scene. After the shooting, police investigators found gunshot residue on his right hand. Amazingly, despite overwhelming evidence, a jury found Zarate not guilty. Adding insult to injury, Zarate had been deported five times.

However, San Francisco, as a sanctuary city, released him from custody.

In 2018, 20 year old Mollie Tibbets went missing in rural Iowa. Police searched for her for 34 days. During the investigation, surveillance video identified a possible suspect, Christian Bahena Rivera. A

fter questioning Rivera, he led them to Tibbets’ body. Rivera was an illegal alien. This fact angered Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, a Republican.

“We are angry that a broken immigration system allowed a predator like this to live in our community, and we will do all we can to bring justice to Mollie’s killer,” she stated.

While Rivera was not a participant in the DACA program, as an illegal alien this is proving to be a lightning rod for those who support the president’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

UPDATE: Attorneys for Rivera filed a motion last week to suppress both his confession, as well as the discovery of Tibbets’ body, from being used as evidence in his trial.

They are claiming that his Miranda rights were violated, therefore any evidence gained from his confession would be inadmissible. As of press time the judge has not ruled on this motion. If these charges are somehow dismissed, this will only serve to further enrage the anti-DACA forces.

It’s not the only immigration program putting America at risk.

Earlier this year, we reported about how on September 11, 2001 a few people with expired visas attacked us – and we’ve lost track of more than 702,000 others.

18 years ago today, 19 men hijacked 4 planes and orchestrated one of the darkest days in our nation’s history. Four of those terrorists came to the US on visas and then stayed after the expiration.

There was no accurate method for tracking overstays or their whereabouts. Nearly two decades after terrorists exploited the U.S. government’s inadequate, more than 700,000 foreigners with expired visas remain at large in the country.

The latest government figures, as reported by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), show 702,000 overstays in 2017.

These disturbing stats were released just weeks after a Portuguese man with an expired visa got charged with the gruesome kidnap and murder of a young woman whose body was found bound in a suitcase on a Connecticut street.

The 24-year-old New York woman with reported depression and anxiety issues was identified by a medical examiner as the person whose body—bound at the hands and feet—was discovered stuffed into a large red suitcase ditched on a roadside in an affluent Connecticut town.

New York woman

Valerie Reyes, 24, of New Rochelle, was identified as the body found in a suitcase in Greenwich, Conn., police said. (NYPD)

 

Valerie Reyes, of New Rochelle, N.Y., was reported missing Jan. 30, a day after she was last seen.  

Reyes’ cause of death wasn’t immediately clear; but the same day officers made the gruesome suitcase discovery, Greenwich Police Department Captain Robert Berry said authorities were investigating the death as a homicide.

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It’s worth noting that the entire state of Connecticut is a sanctuary state. Back in 2013 the state enacted a measure prohibiting local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities by, among other things, ignoring federal detainers for migrants not here legally who were arrested after committing certain crimes.

It has been almost 18 years since that horrific event and the government still hasn’t found a way to accurately and adequately track visa over stayers. According to a Judicial Watch report, they obtained Department of Homeland Security (DHS) figures in 2015 showing that 527,127 foreigners with expired visas remained in the country.

(Flicker – 9/11 Photos)

 

Thousands of those are from nations with links to terrorism. Per that report, the breakdown is: 1,435 from Pakistan, 681 from Iraq, 564 from Iran, 440 from Syria, 219 from Yemen, 219 from Afghanistan and 56 from Libya.

Following the 9/11 attack, Congress created the U.S. Visitor and Immigration Status Indicator Technology system to track the entry and exit of foreign nationals by using electronically scanned fingerprints and photographs. Five years and $1 billion later, it still has serious flaws.

The GAO has since published a report that said nearly half of the nation’s immigrants who are no longer here legally, entered the U.S. legally and overstayed their visas undetected.

As stated by Judicial Watch:

In the years that followed the government did little to improve what has developed into a dire national security disaster.

In 2011 yet another federal auditconfirmed that the U.S. had lost track of millions who overstayed their visas and two years later the crisis intensified when DHS lost track of 266 dangerous foreigners with expired visas.

The government determined that they “could pose a national security or public safety concerns,” according to the director of Homeland Security and Justice at the GAO.

You read the correctly. The Department of Homeland Security lost track of 266 dangerous immigrants with expired visas.

The latest GAO report shows that about 52.7 million nonimmigrant admissions to the U.S. through air or sea ports of entry were supposed to depart in fiscal year 2017.

 Part of the problem is that DHS relies on third-party departure data. This includes commercial carrier passenger manifests. In other words, the government is depending on airlines and cruise ships to help it enforce visa violations.

Now, to make matters worse, we have presidential candidates like Elizabeth Warren who plan to decriminalize improper border crossings and visa overstays.

Liz Warren called the entire criminal justice system racist ‘from front to back.’ (Wikipedia Commons)

 

She’s introduced her plan to decriminalize immigration, welcome more refugees and focus enforcement on only security threats. Her open borders approach is in stark contrast to the stance taken by the Trump administration.

Warren, a Massachusetts senator, said the Trump administration’s harsh treatment of migrants, to include separating undocumented children and parents at the border, is based on a law known as Section 1325.

It allows for criminal penalties for illegally entering the U.S. or entering legally and overstaying a visa. Warren wants to repeal the provision and indicated that she would use executive power to reduce its enforcement as president. 

“We should repeal this criminal prohibition to prevent future abuse,” Warren wrote in a Medium.com post.

She vowed that as president she would:

“immediately issue guidance to end criminal prosecutions for simple administrative immigration violations” and “refocus our limited resources on actual criminals and real threats.”

So, to translate: Warren wants to allow anyone who wants to walk into this nation to do so with no consequences. She wants to give free reign to anyone and everyone. Given that she is in favor of free healthcare for those not here legally, her plan could get extremely expensive.

This plan came in conjunction with President Trump’s announcement that he will take executive action on the 2020 U.S. Census to include a citizenship question in the population count.

There are also credible indications that mass arrests of thousands of undocumented people are expected to begin Sunday, assuming sanctuary proponents don’t tip them all off first.

Warren, like most of other Democratic hopefuls, refuses to grasp the concept that making an illegal action legal doesn’t make the inherent problems go away. 

Among the other aspects that she cannot grasp, the senator is just one of the crowd when it comes to accusing the current administration of atrocities that were actually perpetrated in the Obama years.

Obama’s immigration shortcomings notwithstanding, Warren said she would create a Justice Department task force to investigate what she referred to as criminal abuses of immigrants by Trump administration officials.

An excerpt from Bloomberg News states:

“In his 2016 campaign, Trump mobilized voters with an anti-immigration message focused on building a wall and removing undocumented people, successfully capitalizing on grievances about demographic and cultural changes that have made the U.S. more diverse. Warren’s plan is sure to amplify the president’s claim that Democrats are embracing an “open borders” immigration policy — most of her rivals have not gone as far.”

Warren’s plan is merely political pandering. It is aimed at a growing pro-immigration constituency in the Democratic Party, the Latino community specifically.

“Immigrants have always been a vital source of American strength. They grow our economy and make our communities richer and more diverse. They are our neighbors, our colleagues, and our friends,” Warren wrote. “President Trump sees things differently. He’s advanced a policy of cruelty and division that demonizes immigrants.” 

Warren is calling for the outlawing of private detention facilities and limiting detentions to people who pose a security or flight risk, who could be tracked and monitored with technology. She wants to end ‘warrantless’ arrests and instead focus on smuggling, trafficking and spotting counterfeit products.

So, Warren’s plan does not fix the issues with the current issues of tracking visa overstays, it decriminalizes them. Not only will there be zero incentive under her plan for migrants to come into the country, there will be no incentive for them to remain on the abiding side of the law once they are here.

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