The USCIS released a DACA arrest report in obvious move to dissuade the public from favoring the DACA program.

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In a move that appears to be part of the Trump Administration’s efforts to eliminate the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, the USCIS released a DACA arrest report on November 16, 2019, detailing the arrest histories of individuals who have applied for DACA. The report, which can be found here, includes the increasingly pejorative term, “illegal aliens,” in the title of a report or news release for the first time in USCIS news release history, as far as we can tell. The USCIS notes that the report was released as part of “the agency’s ongoing focus on transparency,” but appears on its face to be politically motivated and designed to discourage the public’s confidence in the DACA program by casting DACA applicants as only deserving of such immigration benefits due to the Obama Administration’s desire to “circumvent the laws as passed by Congress.” Indeed, Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli flagrantly and scathingly described the existence of the DACA program and the motivations behind releasing this report as follows:

“As DACA continues to be the subject of both public discourse and ongoing litigation, USCIS remains committed to ensuring transparency and that the American people are informed about those receiving DACA… This agency is obligated to continue accepting DACA requests from illegal aliens as a direct result of the previous administration’s decision to circumvent the laws as passed by Congress. We hope this data provides a better sense of the reality of those granted the privilege of a temporary deferral of removal action and work authorization under DACA.” (Read the full report and his statement here)


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