New data released by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services challenges much of the narrative offered by advocates of open borders and immigration. In the debate over the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), there is a particular set of narratives that advocates for the policy have used to advance their agenda.
DACA beneficiaries currently number about 800,000. At least a quarter of them, 222,000, live in California. Of the DACA beneficiaries, a.k.a. Dreamers, about 79 percent came from Mexico, according to figures published in September by the New York Times, citing pro-immigration think-tanks. A September 15 article that appeared in The New York Times, asserted that the median age for Dreamers' illegal entry into the United States was six years. The article also asserted that Dreamers also have skills needed in the modern work force. Data recently released by the federal government appears to differ. Here follow five common assertions made by DACA advocates, matched with new information from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, according to the Federation on American Immigration Reform:
1. DACA recipients were children brought here through no fault of their own: Many of the DACA "kids" were not brought here as young children. They entered the U.S. illegally as teenagers, crossing the border by themselves.
2. DACA recipients are a bunch of good kids we'd all want in the U.S: Over 2,000 individuals approved for DACA had their status terminated because they were convicted of crimes ranging from alien smuggling to sexual assault.
3. Many DACA recipients have served in the military: Less than one-tenth of one percent - roughly 900 DACA recipients - have served in the military.
4. If DACA recipients can't be sent home because many don't speak their native language: English is the national language in at least 26 of the countries that DACA recipients call home, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. A large number of applicants are from India, Hong Kong, and the Philippines where there are enormous English-speaking communities.
5. If DACA recipients aren't allowed to stay in the U.S., they'll be sent back to their home countries and a life of poverty: At least 36 of the nations DACA recipients call home are considered wealthy, democratic and European. All of these countries have a higher standard of living than the U.S., according to Business Insider. They include: The United Kingdom, Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden.