Television reports surrounding illegal alien Dreamers who benefited from President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) would have you believe these are college-educated immigrants who were just a few years old when their parents brought them into the country illegally.
The media claims that most Dreamers are so fully Americanized that they would now have trouble speaking their native language and are all but ignorant of their birth countries’ cultural norms. For this reason, we are supposed to conclude that returning them to their native lands would be a cruel and unnecessary move and to let them stay and become productive members of society!
Members of Congress, who believe these lies, recently threatened to block funding to run the government unless Congress provided amnesty to DACA Dreamers after President Donald Trump’s announced that he is ending the illegal program.
A new report in the Washington Times, written by former Justice Department lawyer Hans A. von Spakovsky, now a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, states the dangers of allowing amnesty to so-called Dreamers: It will encourage even more illegal immigration.
Von Spakovsky points to the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act as proof:
“That bill provided citizenship to 2.7 million illegal aliens. Yet by 1995, another 5.7 million illegal aliens were residing in the U.S. Many of them crossed the border to join their newly legalized friends and family. Others, no doubt, believed that since the U.S. provided amnesty once, it would do so again.”
Many DACA beneficiaries came to the United States as teenagers, points out von Spakovsky, who further notes, “All were eligible for the program as long as they entered the U.S. before their 16th birthday. By that time, there is no doubt, that they spoke the language of their native countries fluently and knew their culture intimately.”
The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that “perhaps 24 percent of the DACA-eligible population fall into the functionally illiterate category and another 46 percent have only ‘basic’ English ability.”
The media snapshot of college-educated hopefuls is a blatant myth. Only 49 percent of DACA beneficiaries have a high school education, despite the fact that most of them are now adults.
The article notes that, outrageously, the Obama administration failed to check the background of each DACA beneficiary despite a requirement that they have no felony convictions and pose no threat to national security. “Only a few randomly selected DACA applicants were ever actually vetted,” the report reveals.
Since August, more than 2,100 DACA beneficiaries have had their eligibility pulled because of criminal convictions and gang affiliation.
The report warns that DACA recipients — who will surely bring their family members to America if they themselves are granted amnesty — will likely become substantial burdens to U.S. taxpayers.
“History shows that providing amnesty will attract even more illegal immigration and won’t solve our enforcement problems. Congress shouldn’t even consider such relief unless and until we have a sustained period of concentrated enforcement that stems illegal entry and reduces the illegal alien population in the U.S.,” von Spakovsky warns in a direct appeal to members of Congress to secure America’s borders instead.
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