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DACA Solution Must Heed 9/11 Commission Findings

Article author: 
Michael Cutler
Article publisher: 
FrontPage Mag
Article date: 
February 2, 2018
Article category: 
National News
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There is no explanation as to how the administration came up with the figure 1.8 million, but let’s first be clear that this would more than double the number of aliens who were illegally granted temporary lawful status by the Obama administration. Advocates for providing these aliens with lawful status claimed that there was urgency to their demands because on March 5th some of these hundreds of thousands of aliens would lose their protection under DACA. However, there is certainly no urgency for more than half of the 1.8 million, the illegal aliens who did not apply to participate in DACA back before it was discontinued. Perhaps it is the case that they weren’t actually here then, but will now falsely claim that they were. Thus, without the capacity to neither interview these applicants nor conduct field investigations to seek to verify applicant information, the proposed fix for DACA would create a climate that is conducive to enabling illegally aliens to commit fraud that would go undiscovered.
 
As I recently noted, Congress must be cautious with a DACA solution, as the figure of 800,000 aliens supposedly eligible for the program is likely to balloon to 3.6 million, according to the Migration Policy Institute. There is no way to know how many illegal aliens will emerge to claim that they entered the United States prior to their 16th birthdays in order to qualify for legal status.
 
In addition, there would be no way to stop the program once 1.8 million illegal aliens were processed for lawful status.  Once started, any effort to terminate the program would undoubtedly result in lawsuits filed in every district across the United States.
 
If the Migration Policy Institute’s estimate is correct, 1.8 million would represent only half the number of illegal aliens who might apply for lawful status under DACA. If the Migration Policy Institute’s estimate is wrong and 5 million or 10 million illegal aliens show up, all of these aliens would be eligible for lawful status....
 
While the media focuses on the issue of providing these illegal aliens with pathways to U.S. citizenship, the real danger to the United States is providing these illegal aliens with lawful status and official identity documents. The nexus between immigration fraud and national security was the focus of my recent article, Immigration Fraud, The Lies That Kill. This is not just my concern, it was the concern of the 9/11 Commission.
 
The 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel detailed numerous examples of instances where terrorists made use of visa and immigration benefit fraud to enter the United States also to also embed themselves in the United States....
 
The President originally established the goal of hiring 10,000 additional agents for ICE.  He must begin that hiring process immediately...
 
President Trump was elected by Americans who understand the nexus between secure borders and effectively immigration law enforcement and national security and public safety. Political compromises must not result in compromising national security or public safety.