When it comes to immigration, I have some personal biases like most Americans. As the son of a naturalized immigrant father, I favor legal immigration. However, I want a secure border, an end (as near as possible) to illegal immigration, no “chain immigration,” and better criteria for admission among those who we allow to immigrate. However, while I eschew “amnesty” and voting rights, I favor leniency for those illegals who have been in the US for long periods of time without having committed any serious crime (other than illegally crossing our border). Trying to deport upwards of 11 million (possibly upwards of 20 million) illegals is draconian and probably not even technically feasible.
With that preamble, let me turn my attention to the DACA issue (President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program). I do not believe that demographics should decide their fate, but I do believe that the MSM has portrayed the demographics of this group in a way to obfuscate the issue. One of the more obvious favorable portrayals is to call them “Dreamers” – an appellation that sounds so peaceful and beautiful.
[Source: Cutting Through the Media’s Falsehoods About ‘Dreamers,’ by Hans von Spakovsky]
The MSM would have us believe there are only several thousand of these DACA “immigrants” who were carried across our border as babes in arms by the illegal immigrant mothers and that these individuals are fully Americanized. The ones that are shown to us on television have college educations and speak English perfectly. The media further suggests that if they were “deported” they would now have trouble speaking their native language and are all but ignorant of their birth countries’ cultural norms. Thus, we are led to believe returning them to their native lands would be a cruel hardship.
Let’s look at some statistics:
- Any illegal immigrant was eligible for the program as long as they entered the U.S. before their 16th birthday.
- Currently there are 690,000 DACA beneficiaries (not just a few thousand).
- The large majority speak the language of their native countries fluently.
- The large majority know the culture of their native country intimately.
- DACA has no requirement of English fluency.
- The application form actually has a space to list the translator used to complete the form.
- As many as 24 percent of the DACA-eligible population fall into the functionally illiterate category.
- Another 46 percent have only ‘basic’ English ability.
- Only 49 percent of DACA beneficiaries have a high school education, even though a majority are now adults.
- Military service also qualifies an illegal immigrant for DACA. However, out of the current 690,000 DACA beneficiaries, only 900 are serving in the military.
- The Obama administration did not check the background of each DACA beneficiary (the law requires that they have no felony convictions and pose no threat to national security).
- Only a few randomly selected DACA applicants were ever actually vetted.
- More than 2,100 DACA beneficiaries had their eligibility pulled because of criminal convictions and gang affiliation.
Again, I am not suggesting that we should not make an accommodation for these individuals, but I am saying that overall they will be a burden on American taxpayers, there are a lot more of them than we have been led to believe, and their “development” as “Americans” leaves something to be desired.