Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says that over the past year the Obama Administration has exercised what she calls “prosecutorial discretion” in allowing 430,000 self-declared illegal aliens to stay in the United States without any worry that her department—which is charged by law with enforcing the immigration law—will take action against them.
Napolitano calls this non-enforcement of the law “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA). Under the program, the administration considers anyone who had not yet turned sixteen when they first entered the United States illegally, or first overstayed a visa, to be a “childhood arrival.”
“Because of the action we have undertaken through the DACA process, thousands of hardworking young people who are American in every way but a piece of paper now have the ability to continue their educations and contribute to their communities,” Napolitano said in a written statement marking the first anniversary of the program, which began accepting applications from illegal aliens on Aug. 15, 2012.
Furthermore, I felt a wave of passion that lifted every hair on my body. In regards to her comment – “hardworking young people who are American in every way but a piece of paper now have the ability to continue their educations and contribute to their communities.” Realistically in using the DACA program not one person need worry about deportation or simply not being accepted by DHS’s agencies USCIS, USICE, or anyone in a law enforcement profession.
Additionally, in preparation for this article, actually reading up on Asylum and Refugee acts, I opened my mail and right there was my monthly summation of activities with the Pew Research Center. Pew had been processing their data whilst the Heritage Foundation was doing very similar research and then reporting it.
Then – believe this – I received a letter from someone in the legal profession; albeit, I was not familiar with any names listed. Naturally my first thought was my computer, cell phone, and for the sake of National Security…Ad Nauseam.
“In just its first year, over 500,000 individuals have requested Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and after a thorough review of each of those cases, including a background check, 430,000 requests have already been approved, with others still under review,” Napolitano said.
The U.S. Customs and Immigration Service released new data on the DACA program on the same day that Napolitano made her statement. The data said that as of the end of July DHS had received 573,404 DACA applications. Of these it had accepted 552,918 for review, and rejected 20,486 before reviewing them. (“Over 500,000 requesting [Napolitano] USCIS says 552,000 that is just short of 53,000 people, a discrepancy that should be acknowledged.)
As of the end of July, DHS said it had completed its review of 437,686 of the 552,918 applications it had accepted for review—approving 430,236 of them and denying 7,450.
That means of the DACA applications it has reviewed so far, DHS has approved 98.3 percent and rejected 1.7 percent.
The Homeland Security Department has granted legal status to 99.2 percent of all illegal immigrants who have applied under President Obama’s new non-deportation policy for young adults, according to the latest numbers released Friday.
That’s a slight drop from the 99.5 percent approval rate reported last month. We have decided to not put Pew Research Center’s data up; doing so would only make your eyes go out of focus again. However, although not much different all three agencies have different accountability data for how many people have been made legal. For this reason, if not only for this reason, we suggest shutting down the program until the agencies are within at least 10,000 or less of each other’s count.