DACA’s Rubberstamping Operation

Is DHS’s processing of the Obama administrations temporary amnesty for children of illegal aliens – called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – a rubberstamp operation? You might not think so if you read news articles like the one here: that reported “…that the agency has approved 81.72 percent of the applications they have received.”

If they haven’t approved about a fifth of the applications, that would appear to be a judicious review to the applications. But, the report is misleading. The one-fifth of applications not approved is mostly ones the bureaucracy has not yet gotten around to approving. Just wait – they will soon get to the pending approvals.

The official data on the DHS website as of August show that only 7,450 applications out of 573,404 received have been denied. That is a 1.3 percent denial rate. By anyone’s definition, that certainly looks like a rubberstamping operation.

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Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    DACA’s rubberstamping operation = Criminal negligence, along with an utterly blatant disregard for our rule of law. That doesn’t even begin to touch on the disgraceful incompetence throughout OUR government & the brown nosing low lives that allowed this insanity to perpetuate!

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    It’s obvious now that it was written years ago into the AHCA, aka Obamacare, that if your policy did not meet the outlines of the act in every aspect, the insurance company could cancel you. Say what you will, when someone says if you like the policy you have you can keep it, that is plain and clear. There’s no misunderstanding that.

    So when we’re told “reform” includes guaranteed secure borders and mandatory e-verify, those statements are simply lies. There is nothing of the sort. When the separate bills that would guarantee those things were brought to a vote, they were defeated. What’s left is promises to do something five years down the road. Maybe. If you’re been sold the Brooklyn Bridge one time, why do you want to line up and do it again?

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    I agree. Also, we were assured the the DACA processing fees would not be borne by US Citizen Taxpayers. This has be proven to be untrue. Many of the fees are waived. These fees were supposed to pay for the administration of the program. I am inside “Dreamers” blogs and they tell of how they gamed the system repeatedly.

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