FILE – In this Sept. 1, 2017, file photo, Undocumented students join a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, outside the Edward Roybal Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles. A program that temporarily shields hundreds of thousands of young people from deportation was scheduled to end Monday, March 5, 2018, but court orders have forced the Trump administration to keep issuing renewals, easing the sense of urgency. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the facially illegal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In essence, the argument is that once a Democrat cabinet secretary makes a decision, that decision can’t be overturned by any Republican administration. As the lawyers were queuing up for combat, President Trump was on Twitter.
Many of the people in DACA, no longer very young, are far from “angels.” 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2019
This is how the coven of leftist journalists treated the tweet:
This is Yahoo’s Caitlin Dickson @CEDickson
Literally one of the requirements for DACA is *not* having a criminal record. https://t.co/04TjPJjlML
— Caitlin Dickson (@CEDickson) November 12, 2019
This is from some open borders socialist group in Texas:
— RAICES (@RAICESTEXAS) November 12, 2019
This is from a guy named Steven Mazie @stevenmazie who claims to cover the Supreme Court and to have written books:
This is false: DACA recipients by definition have no criminal record. Also: why would Trump want to make a deal with Dems to legislate DACA if he thinks the people it protects are hardened criminals? 🙃 https://t.co/c8bXYZPkNE
— Steven Mazie (@stevenmazie) November 12, 2019
And naturally, Obama apparatchik and CNN employee Jim Sciutto:
False. “Under current policy, an individual may be considered for DACA if he or she has not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more “non-significant” misdemeanors..or does not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.” -USCIS https://t.co/DsiCkmDLbN
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) November 12, 2019
In fact, President Trump is correct. There are literally thousands of DACA enrolless who had felony arrests at the time of their enrollment.
Ten people who’d been arrested on murder charges were nonetheless granted permission to remain and work in the U.S. under the Obama-era DACA amnesty, according to new government data released Monday.
Thirty-one “Dreamers” had rape charges on their records, nearly 500 had been accused of sex crimes, and more than 2,000 had been arrested for drunken driving — yet were approved for DACA status.
All told, 53,000 people who have been approved for DACA — 7 percent of the total — had a criminal record when the government granted them status. Nearly 8,000 racked up criminal charges after they’d been approved, according to the data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
No matter what the program may or may not require on paper, in practice, it is proven, beyond any intelligent disagreement, that a non-trivial number of DACA enrollees are, in fact, dangerous criminals. I suppose you can do the “how many angels can dance on the head of a pin” thing and argue that a few thousand felons doesn’t qualify as “many” but in doing so you make yourself look dangerously stupid…which could very well be the case.
As a side point, most DACA enrollees are not “very young.” Over a third are over 26. The number of enrollees over 26 is, in fact, larger than the number under 20.
So, on both key points, President Trump is correct. A lot of DACA enrollees have criminal histories, many of those had crimes that predated their enrollment. Most DACA enrollees are college-age or older, which isn’t “very young” even by my standard.
Hopefully, the Supreme Court puts DACA away and we can move on and the people obsessing over this particular tweet can spend more quality time with their personal sex toy. At least then we wouldn’t be forced to watch or listen to what they’re doing.