Dreamers in Beltwayland

Senate Democrats led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) shut down the government last weekend, ostensibly in defense of “Dreamers”—illegal aliens who arrived in the United States as minors. The Democrats, in effect, placed the progressive political project “above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans,” as a White House press release put it.

This new and virtuous Schumer of 2018 stands in stark contrast with the Schumer of 2013, who vehemently denounced those who would “risk default for the nation” by shutting down the government over immigration. He called such obstinance the “politics of idiocy, of confrontation, of paralysis.” But that was before Trump and #TheResistance.

Just who are these “Dreamers” the Democrats are using as political props? The name comes from the proposed 2001 Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which has failed to pass repeatedly over the years. By most estimates, some 3.6 million illegal immigrants came to this country as children. Of that number, around 800,000 registered under the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Americans have been fed a line that Dreamers are among our “best and brightest,” but the reality is much different. While DACA and Dreamer are used interchangeably, the distinction makes a difference. DACA recipients are a subset of the Dreamers, and the soldiers and scholars among the DACA class are an even smaller subset. More importantly, even though the shutdown fight was reportedly about DACA, the Democrats aren’t simply seeking amnesty for those 800,000 program participants. They want all 3.6 million Dreamers included in the deal. A look at the bigger picture of what this might mean is sobering.

In Arizona, DACA recipient Francisco Rios-Covarrubias, 30, was arrested after offering a 3-year-old girl for sex to a man who notified authorities, the child was discovered bound with duct tape and showed signs of repeated sexual abuse.

In Washington, DACA recipient Salvador Diaz-Garcia, 23, faced assault and rape charges after he allegedly attacked “[a] woman, breaking her jaw and nose, and ripping half of her ear off.”

In Texas, Dreamer Hermilo Moralez, 19, brutally murdered teenager Joshua Wilkerson. Wilkerson gave Moralez a ride home from school, when the DACA recipient punched Wilkerson in the face, “causing Wilkerson instant blindness,” and then “kneed him so hard that it forced Wilkerson’s spleen into his spine.” Moralez proceeded to beat Wilkerson “with a curtain rod,” then purchased fuel, drove out to a field, “doused Wilkerson’s tied-up dead body in gasoline, and set the teen on fire.”

The litany of DACA recipient-involved crimes is much longer than progressives would like to admit. So instead they present the public with a hagiographic portrait of illegal aliens. At the same time, race-based activist organizations recruit Dreamers to undermine our laws. The fact remains that noncitizens commit a disproportionate amount of crime and are overrepresented in jails and prisons, for their tiny demographic size.

Still, the cost of amnesty remains a question. To that point, a report published by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on the fiscal implications of amnesty for all DACA recipients provides some insight. It’s important to note the CBO calculated these figures on the assumption that total DACA recipients numbered around 2.5 million.

According to the CBO, 20,000 DACA recipients would immediately be eligible for federal benefits following amnesty, namely the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and an additional 280,000 would be on food stamps over time. The fiscal burden of just 280,000 of all DACA recipients on food stamps would amount to an additional $2.25 billion on top of the $116 billion annual tab.

The CBO estimates that DACA recipients would impose an additional $26.8 billion burden on taxpayers. The CBO also notes that virtually all DACA recipients would be eligible to apply for and receive Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) status within five years post-amnesty. The full 3.6 million DACA recipients would “cause around 80,000 more people to receive LPR status,” as relatives of the amnestied DACA recipients—this familiar tune is chain immigration.

Why is the cost so high? Again, the soldiers and scholars among the DACA-eligible population are far from representative of the whole. For the whole number of DACA recipients, Dreamers included: 49 percent have just a high school education, 46 percent have only basic English skills, 24 percent are functionally illiterate, and more than 2,000 so far have had their DACA status revoked due to criminal activity. The price of subsidizing mass immigration and amnesty is high, but the cost of what we stand to lose beyond that over time—the very salience and substance of American national identity—is incalculable. As a potential resolution to the immigration debate appears on the horizon, the American community needs to call on Congress to pass legislation that will, for once, secure America’s future for its citizens first.

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10 responses to “Dreamers in Beltwayland”

  1. It may not be true that all Dreamers are valedictorians, but it’s *much less true* to paint them as bloodthirsty rapists in waitings. Studies suggest that they commit crimes at a lower rate than the native-born population.

    Per CATO: “We estimate that DREAMers had an incarceration rate of 0.98 percent in 2015 compared to a native-born incarceration rate of 1.12 percent, a DACA-ineligible illegal immigrant incarceration rate of 0.38 percent, and a legal immigrant incarceration rate of 0.24 percent (Figure 1). The native-born incarceration rate is 14 percent higher than the DREAMer incarceration rate, while DACA-ineligible illegal immigrants and legal immigrants have the lowest rates of all. ”

    We should strive to have our native-born citizens behave so well.

    In any case, the value of a DACA recipient’s potential citizenship goes beyond the net cost-benefit ratio effect on the federal budget. (Although the impact is probably less impressive than what Mr. Gonzalez suggests here. The impact is not $26.8 billion, precisely, but $26.8 billion *over a 10-year period* — less than $3 billion a year. That’s a rounding error in the federal budget, much smaller than Trumpian priorities like tax breaks for the rich or massively increasing the already-staggering defense budget.) DACA recipients have grown up as our neighbors; the value of letting them officially participate in the community instead of living in fear of deportation – and disrupting communities where most have been valuable citizens in all but legality – is incalculable.

    • Thanks for the feedback, Joel! The CATO study is congruent with other progressive studies, which generally conclude non-citizens commit less crimes than their citizen counterparts on average. Those statistics are the product of a lot of missing variables and inconsistencies in the way the data is collected and presented. I wrote an article about that for the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/end-of-the-narrative-no-sanctuary-for-criminal-immigrants/article/2644561

      I am working on an article that address the fiscal impact of mass immigration in general, so keep an eye out for that!

      • Mr. Gonzalez,

        I was born at the San Diego Naval Hospital in 1960. Except for the 6 months I worked on the A-12 in St. Louis in 1990, I have lived in California all my life. Please allow me to not waste your time and make my conclusion.

        If you don’t like your voters, import ones who will vote for you. Make the ones who won’t vote for you pay for it until they leave.

        That has been the result here during my lifetime.

        The “schools “ helped the cause as well. In 1968 in Sunnyvale we were told by our 3rd grade teacher that the constitution was a living breathing document. There was only one kid in that class that objected and debated her. In 4th grade Mrs. Sanchez had us say the pledge of allegiance in spanish. That was the year I got kicked out of school.

        Likely you are familiar with the Frankurt School, as well as Antonio Gramsci. Just about all of us know, and some have read Alynsky.

        I wonder if you have read Daniel Greenfielfd. He recently addressed the South Carolina Tea Party. He is as eloquent as he is accurate.



      • I really like Daniel Greenfield! He is a great journalist.

      • What I like best about him is his analysis goes to the heart of the issue and works his way back to the immediate issue to show the intention of the communal “ thinkers “.

        It is too bad marx was not shot after some revolution, like trotsky.

    • EVERY crime an illegal commits
      is a crime that would not have happened if they were not here.
      Your statistics are worthless.

  2. How about the Republican Party crafting a program that subsidizes Conservative voters at about $45,000/year each?
    Either that, or just have voting booths erected in all foreign countries that have a desire to vote for Democrats in American elections.
    Then, just watch what happens when the aliens get command of Our government!
    Those slimy Democrats will be the first ones executed.

  3. Great article loaded with facts and data – something that’s hard to comprehend by the democRATS.

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