What are the facts on DACA?
To qualify for DACA
Applicants must meet the following major requirements, although meeting them does not guarantee approval:
1- Came to the United States before their 16th birthday.
2- Have lived continuously in the United States since June 15, 2007.
3- Were under age 31 on June 15, 2012 (i.e., born on June 16, 1981 or after)
4- Must be enrolled in school or have a high school diploma or equivalency
5- Have no felony convictions or no significant misdemeanors
Looking at Information on DACA at a few sites
AZ Central: Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey data released Sept. 1 showed there are 3,725,000 unemployed youth from ages 16-34. Nearly 700,000 DACA recipients who are employed, according to research by the Center for American Progress.
“It’s hard to know whether immigrants are taking opportunities away from native-born workers.”There is certainly evidence to that effect,” Steven Camarota, the director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies, said about Sessions’ statement. “But it’s still being debated.”
An estimated 11.4 million unauthorized immigrants resided in the United States as of January 2012.
More than half (54 percent) resided in four states: California (27 percent), Texas (13 percent), New York (8 percent), and Florida (6 percent). The vast majority (81 percent) of unauthorized immigrants resided in 171 counties with 10,000 or more unauthorized immigrants each, of which the top five—Los Angeles County, CA; Harris County, TX; Cook County, IL; Orange County, CA; and Queens County, NY—accounted for 21 percent of all unauthorized immigrants.
As of 2010-14, about 4 million unauthorized immigrants (39 percent of the overall unauthorized population ages 15 and older) resided with children under age 18, MPI estimates. Of this group, about 85 percent (3.4 million) resided with at least one U.S.-citizen child under age 18, and 15 percent (573,000) resided with only non-U.S.-citizen children.
Approximately 5.1 million children under age 18 lived with an unauthorized immigrant parent during the 2009-13 period, representing 7 percent of the U.S. child population. About 79 percent (4.1 million) of these children were U.S. citizens, another 19 percent (959,000) were themselves unauthorized, and 2 percent (113,000) were legally present, including LPRs and those with temporary visas.
MPI estimates that as of 2016 approximately 1.9 million people were potentially eligible for DACA, including nearly 1.3 million who were immediately eligible. About 66 percent of the immediately eligible population had applied. USCIS approved 752,154 (or 87 percent) of these applications for initial status as of September 30, 2016; 62,809 (7 percent) were denied and the remainder was pending. On June 5, 2014, USCIS began accepting DACA renewal applications, and as of September 2016 had accepted 667,287 renewal applications.
Immigration Equality Organization (liberal site): Right after the executive order was signed.
Their headlines screamed “***At this time, Immigration Equality does not recommend that you file for DACA if you have never done so before.*** (Interesting that a leading liberal legal group should be so adamant about not applying)
Their understanding of what DACA meant: Deferred action is a discretionary, limited immigration benefit by DHS. It can be granted to individuals who are in removal proceedings, who have final orders of removal, or who have never been in removal proceedings. (Why would they choose to see this as a “get-out-of-deportation” card?) Individuals who have deferred action status can apply for employment authorization and are in the U.S. under color of law. However, there is no direct path from deferred action to lawful permanent residence or to citizenship. And, it can be revoked at any time.
Their understanding of who qualified: Applicant will have to provide documentary evidence of the criteria. In addition, every applicant must complete and pass a biographic and biometric background check.
1- Came to the U.S. while under the age of 16; (Here is a serious flaw: how to be determined if family they reside with were here illegally and unwilling to step forward or drag the entire family into view by ICE)
2- Have continuously resided in the U.S. from June 15, 2007 to the present;
3- Entered the U.S. without inspection or fell out of lawful visa status before June 15, 2012; (fell out? they never were here under lawful visa status if under the age of 15 and family was not here legally.)
4- Physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making the request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS; (Flaw: What about those who arrived say within six months before June 15 and fell under age requirements?)
5- Currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or armed forces; (in other words active, positive examples of assimilation)
6- Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor, or more than three misdemeanors of any kind; and (This lets out all the active gang members you would assume right?)
7- Do not pose a threat to national security or public safety. (Flaw: Who determines this? We knew Obama’s stand on the issue and his executive branch fell all over themselves to follow his directives.)
Their understanding of how much it costs to apply for DACA: The total fees for the application (including an application for an Employment Authorization Document and background check) will be $465. In other words, the deferred application form itself is free but individuals must apply for and submit fees for the employment authorization document application and the biometrics fee. There will be no fee waiver available for DACA. However, there will be a fee exemption under very limited circumstances for individuals. (Does anyone else see the hypocrisy, bigotry, and outright scam being perpetrated on these individuals like I do? How many between the ages of 15 and 30 could afford to pay such a fee especially if it did NOT guarantee any rights to become legal? They supposedly had no jobs to earn the fee and could not receive enough money to acquire the fee through assistance, so how were they supposed to get the money?)
Their understanding of employment by DACA individuals: Every individual who is granted deferred action will be lawfully permitted to work. In order to be permitted to work, applicants must include an application for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) in their application, which, when granted, will be valid for a period of two years and may be renewed. Applicants must wait until the EAD is issued prior to accepting employment. (So here is a stumbling block…they had Only 2 years on each application and had to move to renew or attempt to become legal. Why are they crying now when they KNEW this was the case? More scam to get more dollars?)
Their assessed risk of applying for DACA: Individuals should only apply after consulting with a qualified attorney.
Their recommendation on the Dream Act vs DACA: Deferred action is only a temporary measure and is not intended to, and does not grant, legal status to the individuals that the DREAM Act seeks to benefit. Given that only Congress can confer the right to lawful permanent resident status or citizenship, it is essential that we continue to work towards the passage of the DREAM Act. (So immigration attorneys and those in the field advising these DACA individuals were well aware that a renewal every two years was required and that it was only Congress that could allow them permanent status.)
US Citizenship and Immigration Services: These statistics are staggering and put paid to the claims of “cruelty after having lived here most of their lives.” The cruelty was that Obama gave them a glimpse of what they might have in one hand making them pay for the “privilege” of existing; but, he took it away with the other-in other words a scam and extortion racket of the first order.
157,826 total; 38,024 under review; 124,055 biometrics sched’d; 1,684 approved; NA denied; 150,747 pending.
2013 (highest number of applications):
443,966 total; 75,904 under review; 445,013 biometrics sched’d, 472,131 approved; 11,035 denied; 95,195 pending.
141,487 total; NA under review; NA biometrics sched’d; 136,242 approved; 21,160 denied; 60,216 pending.
92,044 total; NA under review; NA biometrics sched’d; 91,111 approved; 19,252 denied; 34,736 pending.
2016: (sketchy or no data entered)
Total Biometrics sched’d 2012-2013 of new applicants: 569,068; times fee of $495= $281,688,660
Renewals: 122,236 in 2014 and 391,541 in 2015 *note these also suggested in data that they had biometrics and denials based on whatever criteria were being used.
From the looks of it during 2015 and 2016, in order to “be less transparent” data was either incomplete or totally missing from their statistics correlating nicely with the fact that Obama wanted his administration to cover up or have very little to get out about this topic until after he left office and Clinton was elected (or not).
If that $282 million were extended through 2016 if known, then this was a very profitable scam for someone to pocket. If I were one of the Dreamers, I would not be ranting about leaving but about how the Obama administration took advantage of a desperate situation to scam young illegal immigrants between the ages of 15-31 of millions of dollars for only presumed “pie-in-the-sky” right to remain in this country and go to school with its accompanying fears and headaches.
I would also wonder what benefits willing companies received for hiring these DACA individuals. After all, they also had to be aware that it was easily rescind-able at the whims of federal government and might also find themselves in jeopardy.
(Note: this does not even address the cost of education or living expenses for many of these Dreamers during those same years that might have been covered by taxpayer dollars through social services.)
What is also apparent is that we are seeing all this “DACA ranting for only between 700,000 to 1,000,000 so-called Dreamers. The Dreamers that really followed the law and were serious about renewing and maintaining their status only amounted to somewhere between 500,000 and 700,000 or between 50-70 percent of the total.
The fact remains after seeing the above information that this is simply ONE MORE ruse by the Democrats and the far left to continue to harass and hold hostage the American public and peaceful existence in order to continue to force the reversal of the constitution and the sovereignty of our nation.
One Million people at best out of 4 million affected by illegal school age status and with the knowledge that their DACA status could be pulled at any time does NOT compute. It does however add up to a sizeable chunk of illegal votes for Democrats from “grateful” young adults who are of an age to vote.