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Thousands of DACA Recipients With Arrest Records Allowed to Stay in US

Thousands of DACA Recipients With Arrest Records Allowed to Stay in US

By    |   Monday, 18 June 2018 03:27 PM

Almost 60,000 of those who are in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have been arrested at least once, including 10 accused of murder, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced in data released on Monday, the Washington Examiner reported.

This makes up about 8.5 percent of the total 700,000 DACA recipients.

The released statistics, however, do not indicate how many of the arrested immigrants were convicted of crimes, nor do they say if charges were reduced or dropped, according to Fox News.

They also do not show how many arrested DACA recipients were deported after they were convicted.

USCIS director Francis Cissna told Fox that the agency released as much data about those in the DACA program as possible for the public and congressmen to be well informed.

The data was released as Congress is about to consider two immigration bills put forward by Republicans that have provisions to help those in the DACA program

"The rules for DACA are that you are excluded from DACA if you have a felony, conviction, three misdemeanor convictions, three or more misdemeanor convictions or a conviction for a misdemeanor,” Cissna said. “You could be arrested a whole lot of times and still get DACA."

Among current DACA recipients who had a prior arrest, 39 percent were driving-related offenses and 22 percent were immigration-related crimes.

In 2012, then-President Barack Obama created DACA through an executive order after Congress did not pass legislation to deal with the issue of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants in the country who had been brought to the U.S. as minors.

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Almost 60,000 of those who are in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have been arrested at least once, including 10 accused of murder, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced in data released on Monday.
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