USCIS Releases Report on Arrest Histories of Illegal Aliens who Request DACA

Offenses include Murder, Rape, Weapon and Assault Charges.

Release Date: Nov. 16, 2019

WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated data (PDF, 756 KB) on arrests and apprehensions of illegal aliens who requested Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The release of this report reflects the agency’s ongoing focus on transparency. The report provides updated information on known arrests and apprehensions of DACA requestors. The data may include arrests that did not result in convictions or where the charges were dropped or otherwise dismissed.

Among the findings of the release are the following:  

  • Nearly 110,000 DACA requestors out of nearly 889,000 (12%) had arrest records. Offenses in these arrest records include assault, battery, rape, murder and driving under the influence. 
  • Of approved DACA requestors with an arrest, 85% (67,861) of them were arrested or apprehended before their most recent DACA approval.
  • Of approved DACA requestors with an arrest, more than 31% (24,898) of them had more than one arrest.  
  • Of all DACA requestors, 218 had more than 10 arrests. Of those, 54 had a DACA case status of “approved” as of October 2019. 

“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,” said USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli. “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. 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.”

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Epoch Times: The DACA program was created through executive action by former President Barack Obama in June 2012 after failing to pass Congress. Obama had acknowledged just a year earlier that such a program would be unconstitutional, saying he was unable to “just bypass Congress and change the law myself. … That’s not how a democracy works.”

It began accepting applications in August 2012.

Since its launch, over 800,000 migrants have applied to join the initiative, which allows people who were illegally brought to the United States at a young age for various reasons to remain in the country for renewable two-year periods.

To be eligible for the program, recipients should not have felonies or serious misdemeanors on their records and must have arrived in the country before 2007 when they were under the age of 16.

President Trump announced his administration would be phasing out the program in 2017. However, the federal courts ruled against the decision and maintained the program should be restarted in full.

The U.S. supreme court is now considering whether Trump can move forward with his plan to phase out the program after the White House challenged the federal court’s decision.
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More than half of DACA requestors with 4 arrest were granted approval and only 18.88% percent of DACA requestors with an arrest record were denied requests.