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500 Ex-DACA Criminals, Gang Members Still in U.S., Gov’t Unaware of Whereabouts

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | January 25, 2018 | 11:15 AM EST

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Hundreds of criminals and gang members with revoked DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) are now roaming free in the U.S, and the government has no idea where they are, a new report reveals.

In its report, “500 Ex-DACA Criminals & Gang Members Still At Large: Will They Get Amnesty Too?,” the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) cites government statistics on the lost, now-illegal aliens:

“More than 500 individuals who obtained DACA benefits that were later revoked due to criminal and/or gang involvement apparently are still living in the country and at large, according to statistics provided by USCIS to Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. These cases are 25 percent of those who lost DACA status due to criminal and/or gang activity as of November 2017. Only about 30 percent of the ex-DACA criminal aliens have been removed or were in ICE custody as of November 2017.

“According to USCIS, a total of 2,127 individuals had their DACA status terminated for criminal activity and/or gang activity as of November 22, 2017. In no more than 3 percent of these cases did the termination occur merely because of gang involvement; nearly all of the terminations followed criminal convictions or arrests, according to related data on the USCIS website.”

CIS warns that gang membership does not automatically preclude aliens from gaining U.S. government entitlements and enjoying protection from removal under DACA:

“Under current law, gang members are not automatically barred from receiving immigration benefits such as green cards, work permits, and Temporary Protected Status, and clearly many have obtained these benefits in recent years.”

 


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