Nearly two dozen illegal immigrants arrested in a recent nationwide sweep for dangerous criminal aliens had previously been approved to remain in the United States under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Under the program, illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as kids can apply to remain in the country if they meet a number of requirements, one of which is no criminal history. These children are warmly embraced by amnesty supporters as “Dreamers,” a reference to the Democratic Party’s failed pro-amnesty DREAM Act.
Since August 2012, more than 675,000 illegal immigrants have been approved under the program, according to The Associated Press.
Homeland Security said on Wednesday that 23 “Dreamers” were arrested earlier this month as part of Operation Cross Check.
The Washington Times reported that 15 of the 23 were actively approved for deferred action — in other words, they were in the country illegally with Obama’s blessing. Eight had lost their deferred action status for various reasons.
Overall, federal agents arrested 2,059 convicted immigrants in the sweep, including more than 1,000 who had multiple convictions, the Associated Press reported.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldana said the operation focused on “the worst of the worst criminals.”
Obama touted the success of the program one year after the introduction of DACA, saying it would help the administration focus on criminals.
“By removing the threat of deportation for people brought to the country as children, we were able to continue to focus our enforcement efforts on criminals who endanger our communities rather than students who are pursuing an education,” he said in a statement at the time.
Little did the president know that the “focus” on criminals would include a few Dreamers.
Or did he?
Critics have long questioned the vetting process of approving applicants.
“With few fraud detection measures and effective background checks in place, it’s no surprise that ICE arrested over a dozen DACA recipients last week, most of whom had already been convicted of a crime,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said, according to the Associated Press. “I and other members of the House Judiciary Committee have expressed concern about this for years.”
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