Earlier this year, it became known that accused mass murderer Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez was a DACA recipient despite having recognized gangster affiliation. (See my blog, Known Gang Member and Accused Killer Was Amnesty Recipient.)
Below, one alleged victim of Rangel-Hernandez was a contestant in the TV show America’s Top Model, Mirjana Puhar.
This week the USCIS admitted to Senator Grassley (who has been a leader in uncovering this scandal) that the agency had indeed done insufficient investigation about Rangel-Hernandez and others.
No surprise there. News reports have found that the Obama preference for his executive DACA amnesty is rapid processing of applications, not detecting and rejecting dangerous criminals. In December, Washington Times reporter Stephen Dinan noted, “Of the thousand or so positions they’ve advertised, only seven of them are actually fraud detection staff.”
On Thursday, Don Rosenberg appeared on the Fox morning show to express his distrust of the administration’s screening of illegal aliens. He has been an advocate for the public safety of citizens since his son was killed by an illegal alien in 2010. He knows very well that illegal immigration is not a victimless crime.
STEVE DOOCY: Our next guest’s son was killed by an illegal in a car crash back in 2010, and he says this was no mistake. . . . You say the government did not make a mistake here, did they?
ROSENBERG: They have a policy right now and it’s actually been going on for years, to try to keep as many of these people in the country as they possibly can, and I’m not buying that it’s a mistake, a matter of fact they lie constantly. It’s a mistake when they tell the truth. . . .
When you talk about a background check, how do you do a background check on somebody, you have no idea who he is, you have no idea where they came from, but you’re going to do a background check? You don’t know what they did in their country of origin, and here’s a case, a perfect example of that because it wasn’t just this guy, they’re admitting to at least 20 others.
Below, Don Rosenberg with a photo of Drew, his son who was killed by an unlicensed illegal alien alien driver.
Among the new news about the Rangel-Hernandez case is the fact that there are 20 more gangsters awarded DACA by the government: that action is not a mistake, it’s a pattern. Another example: the feds released released 30,558 criminal aliens in fiscal year 2014, following the 36,007 criminals it released the previous year. Public safety doesn’t even rank as an afterthought to this administration.
Obama gives amnesty to known gang member, ‘Top Model’ murder suspect, By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, April 21, 2015
20 other suspected gang affiliates get admin’s approval
The man accused of murdering a former contestant on “America’s Next Top Model” was already a known gang member when he was approved for President Obama’s amnesty for so-called Dreamers, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee revealed Tuesday.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency charged with approving amnesty applications, admitted it broke its own rules in approving the gang member for tentative legal status, agency chief Leon Rodriguez said in a letter to Sen. Charles E. Grassley.
“Based on standard procedures and processes in place at the time, the [deferred action] request and related employment authorization should not have been approved,” Mr. Rodriguez said in admitting his agency’s catastrophic error in approving Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez.
Mr. Rodriguez said Mr. Rangel’s immigrant’s status was revoked March 5 — but that was a month after he’d already been arrested by police and accused of killing Mirjana Puhar, a contestant last year on the “Top Model” program, and three others.
The admissions are a serious black eye for Mr. Obama’s amnesty program, which the president has insisted would allow generally law-abiding illegal immigrants to live and work without fear, while weeding out serious criminals.
USCIS admitted in its letter to Mr. Grassley that another 20 immigrants with potential gang ties have also been approved, and officers are now going back and trying to figure out whether rules were broken in those cases as well. Mr. Rodriguez said his officers will also face retraining so they know which applications to deny.
But Mr. Grassley said the approvals exposed the holes with the amnesty, which Mr. Obama announced in 2012 and which has approved more than 600,000 Dreamers for tentative legal status under his program, officially known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
“It’s no secret that USCIS staff is under intense pressure to approve every DACA application that comes across their desk, and based on this information, it’s clear that adequate protocols are not in place to protect public safety,” Mr. Grassley said. “The fact is that this tragedy could have been avoided if the agency had a zero tolerance policy with regard to criminal aliens and gang members.”
DACA was viewed as a test run for Mr. Obama’s broader amnesty, announced late last year, but which has been halted by a federal court.
The revelation that criminals got approval could dent the president’s legal argument to re-start the new amnesty, with the appeals court judges hearing the case showing deep interest in how well the background checks work.
According to the immigration agency, several hundred people have had their amnesty revoked for gang ties: 28 in 2013, 131 in 2014 and 123 so far in 2015.
Mr. Grassley raised the case of Mr. Rangel earlier this year after he learned that the man had previous run-ins with the law in North Carolina, and was facing deportation until the administration granted him amnesty.
Dreamers are the young adult illegal immigrants who are viewed as the most sympathetic figures in the immigration debate. But they are increasingly turning up in the criminal justice system.
The Homeland Security Department acknowledged last month that it had snared 23 Dreamers in an operation designed to arrest thousands of serious criminals.
Puhar, the model contestant Mr. Rangel is accused of killing, was an immigrant herself, having been born in Serbia but fleeing with her family at age 5 after the Kosovo war, the Charlotte Observer reported.