An illegal alien already under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for child exploitation in 2015 was allowed to remain in the United States, thanks to the Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) temporary amnesty program.
Because of his protected status under DACA, Edgar Covarrubias-Padilla, 27, was permitted to work in a children’s summer camp, where he eventually was accused of molesting a child and collecting child pornography.
During a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on DACA, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) was outraged that the illegal alien was allowed to remain in the U.S. and work at a children’s summer camp while he was being investigated for child exploitation. He called the case an example of the “exploitation and abuse” within the program.
The investigation into Padilla’s crimes had already been going on for months when he was permitted to work at the Walden West Science Camp for fifth and sixth graders in Saratoga, California, CBS San Francisco reported.
At the summer camp he was known as “Papa Bear,” and went on to molest a 14-year-old child. He was also caught collecting and distributing child pornography.
Grassley pointed out that the pedophile was already “considered to be ‘potentially egregious to public safety’ months before his arrest, but he was nonetheless given a work permit.”
After the DACA recipient’s arrest on the child porn and molestation charges, the family of a 10-year-old boy at the summer camp filed a suit against the Santa Clara County Office of Education, which ran the summer camp, for failing to protect their children from the alleged pedophile, according to a report in Breitbart on Friday.
“The fact that the county already had this rule in place is a testament to how important it is not to allow an adult to be with a child alone. In this case, that adult happened to be a pedophile,” the family’s attorney said in a 2015 statement.
The family’s attorney said that children at the summer camp were actually encouraged by administrators to go visit the illegal alien DACA recipient when they were not feeling well or when they were homesick.
According to a former official at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency, which runs the DACA program, the fraud rate for the temporary amnesty is at least 40 to 50 percent. “It’s possible that it was higher,” the former USCIS official previously told Lifezette, as Breitbart News reported.
Since DACA’s inception, more than 2,100 DACA recipients saw their protected status revoked for being involved in gang activity or suspected/convicted of a felony. Due to a loophole in the DACA program, more than 39,000 illegal aliens have been able to obtain Green Cards and more than 1,000 have been naturalized, according to the Breitbart report.
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