Former president Barack Obama's unconstitutional attempt to grant amnesty to 800,000 illegal aliens - known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) - has been sold to the American public based on gross exaggerations and downright lies. Here are a few of the most common whoppers you'll hear from open borders advocates when discussing the merits of DACA.
1. DACA is a program that protects children from being deported.
Actually: DACA is not a program for children, or kids, or babies, at all. The average DACA recipient is 23 years old, with the oldest being 36. The majority of DACAs are in their 20s and 30s. And you can't even apply for DACA until you reach the age of 15, which underscores that fact that it's a program to supply work permits and other government goodies to illegal aliens.
2. Ending DACA is arbitrary and cruel.
Actually: When President Obama implemented the program, he made clear that there would be no assurance that it would extend beyond the life of his administration. In addition, President Trump was forced to act on DACA by September 5 because of a pending lawsuit by 10 states was set to be filed on that date. DAPA, a sister program to DACA, was struck down by the courts after being challenged by 26 states that included the states threatening to take legal action against DACA. The wind down period for DACA will extend over a period of two and half years. For some, the wind down period will run through November, 2019.
3. DACA recipients are facing mass deportation.
Actually: The Department of Homeland Security sets priorities for deportation and expired DACA recipients are not on that list, which includes in descending priority: convicted criminals, recent illegal entrants and visa overstays. These priorities have not and will not change. Former DACA recipients will not be targeted for deportation, but they also not be shielded from deportation, nor will they maintain their authorization to work in this country.
Dan Stein is the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.