The truth about DACA is uglier than we’ve been told
The narrative surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program holds that it was put in place to protect “kids” who were brought here through no fault of their own. DACA supporters implied that applicants were mostly Hispanic and that as citizens of distressed republics a short distance away from the wealthy United States, their violation of our immigration laws was somehow understandable. Program applicants were also portrayed as brilliant valedictorians and proud members of the military.
From the outset, that narrative rang hollow. In a column for the Washington Post, Mickey Kaus described it as public-relations-style “hooey.” Here’s why.
- Many of the DACA “kids” were not brought here as young children. They entered the U.S. illegally as teenagers.
- A large number of DACA applicants weren’t “brought” here at all. They crossed the border themselves.
- Over 2,000 individuals approved for DACA had their status terminated for criminal activity ranging from alien smuggling to sexual assault. That number is still growing.
- Fewer than 900 DACA recipients – or slightly more than one-tenth of one percent of the total DACA population – joined the military.
New data released by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) definitively establishes that most of the DACA narrative is false. Particularly overblown are claims that deported DACA recipients would inevitably be strangers in a strange land.
And there’s lots more HERE.