When Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley appeared on Fox News a few weeks ago, he said he had information from a reliable source leading the Senator to believe that a known gang member had gotten a DACA pass to stay in the country despite having a criminal record.Now there is more information to back up Grassley’s contention that Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez was a DACA recipient despite having known gang affiliation. He is accused in the murder of four people including a contestant on “America’s Next Top Model” in North Carolina.Rangel-Hernandez had been arrested for marijuana possession and was not deported. Even when ICE officials were notified of his criminal record, he was still allowed to remain in the US under Obama’s DACA amnesty program.Below, murder victim and aspiring modelMirjana Puhar(left) and accused murderer Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez (right).Fox News had an update on the case on Friday:In a March 20 letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, Grassley and Senator Tilson (R-NC) expressed their reservations about the lack of oversight in the DACA amnesty program:
Furthermore, whistleblowers have alleged that Mr. Rangel-Hernandez’s DACA ?application was approved although U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had full knowledge that he was a known gang member. This raises serious concerns about USCIS’s review and approval of other DACA applicants and points to potential vulnerabilities in the system.? Therefore, we are seeking the Department’s official policy related to DACA adjudications for suspected or known gang members.
When Senator Grassley appeared on the Fox program mentioned above, he observed,
For a long period of time I and my staff have been noting, within the DHS, immigration division, there’s been a great deal of peer pressure among the adjudicators to get to Yes. In other words, if you can’t approve these people and they’re denied, we’re going to send it up the chain of command for approval. The message goes out then that we want these people not deported.
Funny how public safety counts for so little by the current administration.