Almost 60,000 immigrants with arrest records, including 10 accused of murder, have been permitted to stay in the United States under former President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Department of Homeland Security released the new data Monday.
According to DHS, 7.8 percent of all immigrants who have been approved to remain in the U.S. under the program, since it was created in 2012, have been arrested.
The report leaves out a few key details, such as how many of those arrests led to a conviction of crimes, or if the charges were later dropped, nor did the report indicate how many of those persons arrested were later deported due to the conviction, reported Fox News.
“I would like people to keep in mind . . . whatever they do, I would hope that we, at USCIS, would be able to turn down these people . . . if we think they’re a public safety threat . . . if someone is a gang member . . . even if they don’t have a conviction,” said Francis Cissna, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director.
The arrests tell a grim story of the kinds of crimes the perpetrators were brought in for. More than 4,500 were arrested on allegations of assault or battery alone. But that wasn’t the only reason arrests were made.
Eight hundred and thirty arrests were related to sex crimes, including rape, sexual abuse or indecent exposure. Ninety-five arrests were made on warrants of kidnapping, human trafficking or false imprisonment. And ten arrests were based on murder allegations.
Also telling was the amount of arrests related to drugs. According to the report, more than 4,600 DACA recipients have been accused of “drug-related” crimes.
“You could be arrested a whole lot of times and still get DACA," Cissna said Monday on “Fox & Friends.” "The data we’re putting out is only arrests, so presumably those people who had murder arrests, rape arrests -- that type of seriousness -- either got acquitted, charges were dropped or they plead something down, I would hope.
“There are a lot of crimes on the list we published that are misdemeanors, and they could've been convicted and still could’ve gotten DACA if they only had two of those misdemeanors,” Cissna added.
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