In "Obama is ready to sign up immigrants" (Web, Tuesday) writer Stephen Dinan points out that 1.7 million immigrants could be eligible for legal status through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), President Obama's Dream Act by presidential fiat. The 1.7 million number shocks few despite the White House's original claim that the amnesty would benefit 800,000 illegal immigrants. Unfortunately, the number of illegal immigrants eventually granted status, allowing them to compete with unemployed American workers, may be even higher.
During the 1986 amnesty, fraud was involved in one-fourth of the cases benefiting illegals. Logic suggests it will be even higher with DACA, which does not require in-person interviews for applicants and accepts affidavits for some requirements. The rolling amnesty component also encourages high numbers. As long as you were eligible in terms of age for the program on June 15 of this year, you stay eligible -- you never get too old.
Open-border supporters love to describe the illegal immigrant who has lived in the United States from infancy and recently graduated at the top of his or her high school class. But how many of the 1.7 million illegals receiving amnesty fit this description? The education requirement has been watered down already -- an illegal can have no education, enroll in an educational institution today, apply for the amnesty program tomorrow and never attend a class.
Citizens may not feel as strongly about the DACA-eligible 15-year-old who came into the country illegally and now, at age 21 or 30, with little education, will be allowed to stay and work. In addition, the children of those persons automatically will become citizens, qualifying them for all welfare programs.
The majority of Americans did not support the Dream Act, and Congress did not pass it.
Director of communications
Center for Immigration Studies
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