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    Paxton’s claim about Obama’s DACA order unfounded

    Paxton’s claim about Obama’s DACA order unfounded

    September 25, 2017


    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, seen in 2016, said in a press release earlier this month that “President Obama used” his DACA order
    “to unilaterally confer U.S. citizenship.”

    Statement: “President Obama used” his DACA order “to unilaterally confer U.S. citizenship.”

    — Ken Paxton on Sept. 5th in a press release


    The lead lawyer for Texas state government hailed President Donald Trump’s rescission of predecessor Barack Obama’s move affording young unauthorized immigrants, sometimes called “Dreamers,” renewable shields from deportation.

    Moreover, Attorney General Ken Paxton charged in a Sept. 5 press release, Obama “used that lawful-presence dispensation to unilaterally confer U.S. citizenship.”
    A reader asked us to check on that.

    In his release, Paxton said the program that Trump gave Congress six months to restore granted lawful presence and work permits to nearly a million “unlawfully present aliens.”

    That’s close to solid. The Pew Research Center recently estimated that fewer immigrants, nearly 790,000 people with roots mostly in Mexico, have received work permits and deportation relief through the Obama-launched Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

    Yet citizenship wasn’t a declared offering via DACA. The June 2012 Homeland Security memo announcing the program said: “This memorandum confers no substantive right, immigration status or pathway to citizenship. Only the Congress, acting through its legislative authority, can confer these rights.”

    So, what citizenship provision was Paxton talking about? By email, Kayleigh Lovvorn, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office, replied that DACA wasn’t intended to be a path to citizenship. But, Lovvorn wrote, figures released by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services indicate that 39,514 DACA recipients have been approved for Lawful Permanent Resident status,” green cards, her email implying that such individuals could later seek citizenship.

    A web search led us to a Sept. 1 press release from Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, publicizing the USCIS figures. Grassley’s release said preliminary data “indicate that the Obama administration allowed thousands of DACA recipients to exploit an immigration law loophole to obtain green cards. The data also show that more than a thousand DACA recipients have already obtained citizenship.’

    As of Aug. 21, Grassley’s release said, 45,447 DACA recipients had been approved for “advance parole” with 3,993 applicants getting applications denied. “This approval,” the release says, ‘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.”

    Also from Grassley’s release: 59,778 DACA recipients have applied for green cards with 39,514 approved. Also, the release said, 2,181 of the green-card recipients have applied for U.S. citizenship — with 1,056 becoming citizens, which would break out to 0.1 percent of DACA recipients becoming citizens, by our calculation.

    On the other hand, legal experts supportive of DACA told us the advance parole aspect of the program may have helped individuals attain legal residency and citizenship. In each instance, the experts stressed, a person getting citizenship would first need to have been sponsored by an immediate family member — most commonly a spouse — who was already a legal permanent resident or citizen, which would have been required regardless of an applicant’s DACA participation.

    Natalia Drelichman, an attorney for Austin-based American Gateways, which serves refugees and other immigrants, said by phone: “The fact that individuals are eligible to apply for green cards if they have a qualifying relative, somebody who can apply for them, is old news.”

    Drelichman and others stressed that attaining citizenship, for any immigrant, is a multistep process.

    We dug into advanced parole after hearing back from Arwen FitzGerald, a USCIS spokeswoman, who reaffirmed by email that an estimated 40,000 DACA recipients have received Legal Permanent Resident status and another 1,000 have become citizens.

    FitzGerald also said: “The majority of these cases received their status through a grant of advance parole.”

    Advance parole, experts told us, reflects an element of immigration law that permits certain people living in the U.S. without legal authorization — including some members of the military and some juveniles — to travel to a home country for a specified purpose and then have the opportunity, with federal approval, to return — and no longer be considered someone who’d entered the U.S. without permission.

    That clean-slate distinction can provide a lift because under U.S. law, it’s more difficult for someone living in the country after entering without legal permission to seek legal status.

    As Trump rescinded the DACA program, Homeland Security said new applications from DACA recipients for advance parole would no longer be accepted.

    Drelichman, among expert attorneys we reached, called Paxton’s statement “very misleading.” If “you have DACA” status, she said, “it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be a U.S. citizen.”

    David Leopold, a Cleveland immigration lawyer and former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, also was critical, deeming Paxton’s claim “a gross mischaracterization” of DACA, which did not confer citizenship, Leopold said.

    Our ruling


    Paxton said President Obama used the order creating DACA "to unilaterally confer U.S. citizenship."

    It’s flat-out incorrect to say that Obama via DACA conferred citizenship on anyone. That’s not how the system works, and the attorney general should know better. This unsupported characterization traces to a few DACA recipients--about a tenth of 1 percent—who gained citizenship in part by returning from abroad with a clean slate in accord with existing laws not amended by DACA.

    We find the claim incorrect and ridiculous. Pants on Fire!

    http://www.expressnews.com/news/loca...r-12227699.php


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    Napolitano lied. She and Obama knew they were allowing legalization and a path to citizenship through Advance Parole. No Dream Act, no amnesty will be introduced without loopholes or ways to eventually citizenship and voting which will destroy the United States with millions of New Democrats.
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    The DACA order enabled the advanced parole that led to green cards and opportunity for citizenship. The "expressnews" analysis is wrong, Paxton was right.
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    obama was put in office to secure this agenda - the give away of America to inbred low lifes for cheap labor and more consumers. gw was in on the open border scam too but he also had the 9/11 iraq scam which put us in deep deficit while billions of $$$$ went missing and haliburton made a fortune on every bullet, uniform, equipment etc. And of course lives gone or damaged by that war that accomplished nothing except more turmoil in that area.

    Same of Libya with even more consequences of opening the border to Europe from africa; Gaddafi never would have allowed that, EU countries even helping them daily to cross. They better start running some aids tests. And lets remember old man soros and his globalists actually running the show for migration to create an entire world of low lifes everywhere. Its diabolical.
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    It’s flat-out incorrect to say that Obama via DACA conferred citizenship on anyone. That’s not how the system works, and the attorney general should know better. This unsupported characterization traces to a few DACA recipients--about a tenth of 1 percent—who gained citizenship in part by returning from abroad with a clean slate in accord with existing laws not amended by DACA.

    We find the claim incorrect and ridiculous. Pants on Fire!
    Express News is clearly full of crap. DACA did end up conferring citizenship to over 39,000 illegal aliens. It even says that in the middle of this bogus hit piece on Paxton. But then they call it false a the end?

    I notice none of the lying socialists at Express News put their names on this piece of crap lie.
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