DACA has been lavished with success stories ever since President Obama protected “Dreamers” from deportation. The stories you rarely hear but that are becoming more frequent now that many of the Dreamers have become adults are those of crimes perpetrated by Dreamers.
Jesus Manzanilla Alvarado, 23, is an example of someone who has allegedly committed crimes after receiving DACA protection. He is accused of sexual abuse against a 68-year-old woman at the care center where he worked.
Despite having a record, he was still allowed to use his DACA status to get a job working with vulnerable seniors.
“Manzanilla-Alvarado’s criminal history includes numerous misdemeanor convictions. Currently, Manzanilla-Alvarado has DACA status,” ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer said.
DACA recipients aren’t the shining examples of purity they’re made out to be by mainstream media. That’s not to say they’re any more or less inclined to commit crimes than natural born citizens or legal immigrants, but it’s important to break the narrative that they’re all just innocent victims of American injustice that wanted their parents to enter the country legally.
Should Dreamers be allowed to continue being safe from repercussions indefinitely? Lest we forget, their status is based on an executive order, not legislation. The longer their status remains intact, the harder it will be to address the issue properly.
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