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November 19, 2016

DACA Deceit?
Did Obama Encourage fraud?

Hot Air  
The legal battle over DACA just ended
    President Obama's executive actions on immigration are now dead in the water. Today, Department of Justice lawyers asked a court to put a stay on any further proceedings in the case to allow the incoming administration a chance to decide how it will proceed. Politico's Josh Gerstein reports........
Glenn Spencer
Legal battle over DACA just started
    When Barack Obama announced the DACA program in August of 2012, there was an immediate surge across the Arizona border. About a month later, American Patrol Report argued that failure of the Republican Party to say the surge was due to Obama's DACA program would amount to "political malpractice."
    Since 2012, 750,000 people have qualified under DACA.
    This means that the Obama Administration interviewed 750,000 people and determined that each qualified for a temporary legal status.
    To make this determination, the administration had to find that the applicant: 1. Came to the United States before his/her 16th birthday; 1. Lived in the U.S. since 15 June, 2012; Were under the age of 31 on 15 June, 2012; 3. Were physically present in the U.S. on 15 June, 2012; 4. Had no lawful status on 15 June, 2012; 5. Completed High School or a GED, are enrolled in school, or were discharged from the military; and, 6. Have not been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanors, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not represent a threat to national security or public safety.
    This is a difficult task, given that illegal aliens are also described as "undocumented."
    To examine each individual and reach a conclusion on each of the qualifications should have taken a minimum of one person-day - or 750,000 government person-days.
    It is estimated that DACA would have cost the federal government about $380 million, involving more than 3,165 government person-years - the equivalent of 1,000 government employees working for three years - full-time on DACA interviews and investigations. If there is any kind of accounting going on, it should be a simple matter to verify these data.
    It is expected that actual costs will have been much less because each interview was done in minutes - not hours. It is also likely that many applicants lied and produced false documents, thus committing federal crimes - making them subject to immediate deportation under Trump's plan.
    Congress should demand that the Obama Administration and state governments safeguard all DACA documents against destruction.
    The legal battle over DACA just started.