An illegal immigrant charged in the murder of four people — including a contestant on the TV show "America's Next Top Model" — was a gang member who received amnesty under the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
According to The Washington Times
, Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez was given permission to remain in the United States in the wake of President Barack Obama's 2012 directive that gave amnesty to so-called Dreamers.
That action proved to be a deadly mistake, as Hernandez allegedly killed 19-year-old Mirjana Puhar and three others in February. Hernandez was a gang member.
In March, two Senate Republicans said Hernandez was spared deportation
because of Obama's Dreamer program. He was arrested for possession of marijuana in March 2012.
This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) admitted to wrongly approving Hernandez's application for amnesty based on his gang affiliation. Further, the Times report claims there were at least 20 other suspected gang members allowed to stay in the U.S.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has allowed more than 600,000 illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children with their parents to stay in the country.
"Based on standard procedures and processes in place at the time, the [deferred action] request and related employment authorization should not have been approved," USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez said in the Times story.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told the Times immigration workers are "under intense pressure" because of the administration's immigration directives.
"It's no secret that USCIS staff is under intense pressure to approve every DACA application that comes across their desk, and based on this information, it's clear that adequate protocols are not in place to protect public safety," Grassley said. "The fact is that this tragedy could have been avoided if the agency had a zero-tolerance policy with regard to criminal aliens and gang members."
In August 2013, Hernandez was given permission to reside in the U.S. for two years and was handed a work permit. The February murders were committed in Charlotte, North Carolina.
As many as 5 million other illegals currently in the U.S. could be granted amnesty after Obama took executive actions on immigration last fall. That measure is currently in the court system
Arizona Sen. John McCain, a Republican, said Tuesday GOP candidates for president must address the issue of immigration reform or risk losing the presidential election next year.
"The reality is, is that we are losing support in the Hispanic community," McCain said.
"We need to address the issue. We need to do it in a constructive fashion, or we do not win the 2016 election."
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