At least 3.6 million Central and South Americans were brought to the US as under age children by their illegal age parents, a figure being ignored in the current debate over the 800,000 so-called “Dreamers” who have signed up for the Obama-era temporary protection, a leading Washington DC think thank has warned.
According to the Migration Policy Institute—a pro-invasion organization which pretends to be “non-partisan”—said the smaller group was only in the spotlight because the Trump administration terminated the Obama Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA) scheme in September, correctly saying it was an illegal overreach of executive authority that can only come from Congress.
The 3.6 million number is roughly a third of all illegal aliens in the country.
To qualify for DACA, applicants had to undergo a thorough background check, prove they arrived in the U.S. before their 16th birthday, were 30 or younger, were attending school or in the military, and had not committed a felony or serious misdemeanor. The program provided work permits and two-year reprieves from deportation that could be renewed.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has said it will not deport former DACA recipients if their protections expire. But under Trump’s orders, it will arrest any undocumented immigrant agents come across.
If Congress does not strike a deal by March 5, DACA enrollees will begin losing their deportation protections and work permits. A deal on this seems unlikely at this stage, and indeed is one of the reasons for the US Government “shut down” after the Senate failed to reach agreement on the budget—which was supposed to have included funding for the Trump border wall in exchange for a DACA amnesty.