Nearly 80,000 DACA recipients have arrest records, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration report finds

Newly released data shows that over 10 percent of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients boasted arrest records for crimes ranging from hit and runs to vandalism, burglary, assault and possession of child pornography, among many others, when they were approved for residency.

And of that 10 percent, a whopping 31 percent had been arrested multiple times.

Published Saturday by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the data shows that of the 765,166 illegal aliens who were granted a detention waiver as per former President Barack Obama’s DACA program, and 79,398 were granted the waiver despite having an arrest record.

Of those roughly 80,000 DACA recipients, only 12,968 (or 16 percent) had been arrested in the past over immigration violations.

The rest of the arrests pertained to the following other matters:
  • Traffic violations: 25,305
  • Theft, larceny: 7,926
  • Drug-related: 6,892
  • DUI: 4,210
  • Battery: 3,421
  • Assault: 3,308
  • Obstruction, fabrication, false claim: 3,053
  • Disorderly conduct: 2,223
  • Contempt, bench warrant, bail: 2,112
  • Liquor-related (excl. DUI): 2,094
  • Vandalism: 1,956
  • Failure to appear: 1,816
  • Burglary, breaking and entering: 1,471
  • Trespass, unlawful entry, etc.: 1,410
  • Offenses against family and children: 1,360
  • Resisting/interfering/evading police: 1,278
  • Weapon-related: 974
  • Fraud, money-laundering, corruption: 869
  • Undefined threats, attempted crime/conspiracy: 810 581
  • Forgery, counterfeiting: 712
  • Undefined juvenile offense: 631
  • Stolen property: 616
  • Undefined ordinance: 596
  • Hit and Run: 587
  • Probation/parole violation, remanded: 445
  • Other illegal sex-related acts: 428
  • Robbery: 269
  • Fail to comply/obey: 267
  • Sexual abuse, statutory rape: 259
  • Contributing to the delinquency of a minor: 243
  • Harassment, restraining order violation: 243
  • Indecent exposure, lewd/lascivious acts: 227
  • Reckless conduct/endangerment: 188
  • Kidnapping, trafficking, false imprisonment: 173
  • Embezzlement: 154
  • Loitering, vagrant: 143
  • Riot, unlawful assembly: 73
  • Motor vehicle theft: 71
  • Accessory, accomplice, hindering: 66
  • Rape: 62
  • Organized criminal activity: 45
  • Curfew violation: 43
  • Gambling: 33
  • Cruelty to animals: 31
  • Arson: 24
  • Murder: 15
  • Street gang: 15
  • Smuggling: 13
  • Bribery, influence public servant: 10
  • Manslaughter, negligent/reckless homicide: 5 14
  • Child pornography: 2
Of those approved DACA recipients with arrest records, a whopping 15,903 (20 percent) went on to commit additional crimes that resulted in them being arrested again.

Like President Donald Trump has noted in recent tweets, some of those people are “far from ‘angels.”

USCIS released the data seen above on Saturday to provide transparency, boost the Trump administration’s argument that DACA should be rescinded, and demonstrate the risks that the program’s continuation poses for the American people.

“As DACA continues to be the subject of both public discourse and ongoing litigation, USCIS remains committed to ensuring transparency and that the American people are informed about those receiving DACA,” Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli said in a statement.

He continued by noting that his agency has no other choice at the moment but to continue operating the widely panned and arguably unconstitutional program.

“This agency is obligated to continue accepting DACA requests from illegal aliens as a direct result of the previous administration’s decision to circumvent the laws as passed by Congress,” he said. “We hope this data provides a better sense of the reality of those granted the privilege of a temporary deferral of removal action and work authorization under DACA.”

Though President Donald Trump announced the phasing-out of DACA in September of 2017 — and much to the irate chagrin of Obama — left-wing courts have kept it alive.

However, this month the case finally arrived at the conservative-leaning Supreme Court, and according to reports, chances are the failed law will soon finally be repealed.

“[T]he justices heard nearly an hour and a half of oral arguments. Based on their questions, it appeared that the court’s five conservatives were inclined to rule that the Department of Homeland Security acted properly when it ordered the program ended in 2017 and that the federal courts cannot second-guess that decision,” NBC News reported last week.

Among the justices who “appeared likely to say DACA was properly shut down,” according to NBC, were the president’s appointees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

The outlet cautioned though that Chief Justice John Roberts could wind up being “the deciding vote, just as he was last term when the court blocked the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census form.”

And just like he was when he ruled in favor of Obamacare in 2012, thus transforming the law into a permanent, inexorable and exorbitant feature of American life.

Whether or not the court will be allowed to factor in the latest data remains unclear.

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