Upwards of 45,000 illegal immigrants are exploiting a little-known loophole in former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to obtain green cards, according to data obtained by the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.
The data, which originates from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, shows that 45,447 DACA recipients have been approved for travel documents.
“This approval,” according to a press release from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), “allows a DACA recipient to travel out of the country and legally return, making them eligible to adjust their immigration status and receive a green card.”
Using the same DACA loophole as mentioned above, 39,514 DACA recipients have actually been approved for Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status, according to Sen. Grassley’s release.
A total of 2,181 of those approved for LPR status have applied for U.S. citizenship, with 1,056 of them being approved so far.
So what’s the issue?
Well, as Sen. Grassley’s release points out, “the DACA program was never intended to provide a pathway to citizenship.”
According to The Washington Times, the Obama administration willfully kept this data hidden from Congress, despite repeated requests for it.
Meanwhile, the outlet states, immigration activists and even liberal higher education institutions have knowingly exploited the DACA loophole.
The Washington Times reports that the California-Mexico Studies Center actually to this day advertises a program that charges DACA recipients thousands so they can receive legal advice and assistance with exploiting the DACA loophole.
Now, why exactly would former President Obama go through such lengths to ensure DACA recipients are able to be put on a fast track towards citizenship?
Well, as Breitbart points out, after a DACA recipient receives their green card, it’s only a matter of time before they are legally allowed to vote.
Previous data from the Pew Research Center shows that – surprise – illegal immigrants support the Democratic Party nearly eight times as much as they support Republicans.
Even after receiving LPR status, support of Democrats among immigrants remains at 49% while Republican Party-favoring immigrants only make up 8% of that demographic.
So, there’s that.
President Donald Trump is expected, within the next few days, to make a decision as to whether or not he will end DACA.
The impetus for this decision is a pending legal challenge from numerous states adamant about the fact that DACA impedes on their rights as it was signed into existence through an executive order by Obama rather than legislation passed through all levels of government.