Politicians and the media are covering up the fact that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients are allowed to stay in the country with misdemeanor crimes, but what they are also ignoring is the fact that most DACA recipients have committed multiple felonies to get jobs. One felony alone is enough that a person should be rejected for DACA status.
In a memo by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in June 2012, it says that in order to be eligible for DACA status, a person must have come to this country before age 16, lived here continuously for five years, been present in the country at the time the memo was issued, not have committed a felony or a “significant” misdemeanor, and not have committed “multiple misdemeanor offenses.”
The “significant” misdemeanor part is very loose and subject to interpretation, however a misdemeanor is considered a crime and not an infraction. Assault and battery is a misdemeanor.
How many recipients are allowed to stay on lose interpretations of “significant” or “multiple” misdemeanor offenses? How many recipients are being allowed to stay with assault and battery convictions? We do not know.
We know from the Napolitano memo that a felony disqualifies a person from DACA status and it has been reported that the The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is directing DACA recipients to simply replace the fraudulent info on their employment forms with their new, legitimate info given to them under DACA status.
What is even more disturbing is that employers are being told to overlook the fraudulent information they have been given in the past.
This makes the government and employers of DACA recipients complicit in covering up felony crimes committed by dreamers.
Most DACA recipients “have committed multiple felonies in order to get jobs,” wrote Ronald Mortensen of the Center for Immigration Studies in a March 2017 report, listing the crimes: “Social Security fraud, forgery, perjury on I-9 forms, falsification of green cards and drivers’ licenses, identity theft, etc.”
“Dreamers continue to commit these job-related crimes right up to the day their DACA status is approved and they obtain work permits and their own genuine Social Security numbers,” he wrote.
What’s even more shocking is to see that the federal government has not only turned a blind eye to these crimes, and not reported them to law enforcement, but has specifically instructed DACA recipients to withhold information on DACA application forms that would implicate them.
“The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services guidance provided in their Frequently Asked Questions tells illegal alien Dreamers to exclude their fraudulently obtained/used Social Security numbers in item 9 of Form I-765 even though this item specifically asks for a list of Social Security Numbers previously used,” Mortensen writes.
And the agency also instructs employers to overlook the felonies an employee committed to get hired, telling them to simply replace the old I-9 form, which contained a phony Social Security number, with the new one containing the new Social Security number issued to the so-called dreamer.
Thus the federal government has become complicit in covering up crimes committed by dreamers, and asking private corporations to do the same, where American citizens would be swiftly convicted for the same or similar offenses.
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