Overwhelming amnesty applications force DHS to cut background checks

When President Obama temporarily suspended the deportation of undocumented immigrants who arrived here illegally at a young age, it created a flood of “Dreamer” applications. As a result, the Department of Homeland Security has reportedly taken shortcuts in the application process, including no criminal background checks and no photo ID requirements.

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DREAM Act applicants line up outside consulate after president’s executive order. Photo credit www.foxnews.com

When Congress failed to pass a DREAM act last year, which would have granted citizenship to those who arrived here illegally as children, President Obama signed an executive order to waive deportation of those individuals for a period of two years.

This not only created a huge backlog of “Dreamer” applications, but also resulted in a lawsuit filed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents alleging that the directives issued by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano prevented them from enforcing the law.

Acting upon a tip, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request in October for “all communications, memoranda, emails, policy guidance, directives, initiatives, and any other correspondence respecting the scope and extent of background checks to be performed (or not) on aliens applying to the Obama administration’s DACA program,” according to Breitbart News.

DACA is an acronym for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the president’s temporary amnesty program. Judicial Watch describes itself as “a conservative, non-partisan American educational foundation that promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law.”

Breitbart’s Mike Flynn reported:

Memos and emails obtained through the FOIA reveal that the agency suspended conducting full criminal background checks on illegals applying for the program and, instead, instituted a “lean and lite” process, which allowed the applicant to continue moving through the system.

DHS staff were even informed that that an immigrant’s failure to produce valid identification should not be a reason to delay their application for amnesty. In an October 3 memo, agents were told “Biometric processing should not be refused solely because an applicant does not present an acceptable ID.”

Three days after the president’s re-election, suggesting that the entire “Dreamer” executive order was politically-motivated.

“The Obama administration seems to be throwing public safety and national security out the door in implementing its illicit and unilateral amnesty program for illegal aliens.  The costs and security lapses of this program show that this administration can’t be trusted to implement any of the new security measures in the amnesty bill in the Senate,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in a statement.

The president’s executive order resulted in an administrative overload fueled by several hundred thousand applications being processed. If the Senate immigration reform bill becomes law in its present form, it could result in 11 million applications.

H/T Breitbart News

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