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President Obama’s immigration policy allowing illegal immigrants to avoid deportation is coming under scrutiny after it was learned that the suspect in a multiple homicide was in the U.S. after being granted amnesty under (“DACA”), the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals despite having known gang associations and a drug possession charge.

As reported in the U.S. Herald last month, Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez was in the U.S. under the protection of the president’s executive amnesty program at the time he is accused of murdering Mirjana Puhar, a contestant on the popular TV show, “America’s Next Top Model,” and three others in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) have written to Jeh Johnson, the Secretary of Homeland Security, demanding to know why the accused killer had been granted the special status despite his known criminal associations.

Rangel-Hernandez was scheduled for deportation by Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) in March 2012 after being charged with drug possession, when his application for deferment under DACA was approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Obama’s imposed his “DACA” policy by executive order in 2012, although immigration policy is set by Congress pursuant to Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, which has been construed by the U.S. Supreme Court to include all matters of national sovereignty.

The president’s order created a special status of aliens who were illegally brought to the U.S. as children. The policy allows the so-called “DREAMERS” to avoid deportation if they have been in the U.S. for more than five years and pass a background check. Applicants with criminal charges, convictions or known gang associations are rejected and subject to deportation.

The executive ordered amnesty came in an about-face by Obama after he had stated publicly on numerous occasions that he did not, in fact, have the constitutional power to take such an action.

“I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the immigration system on my own. But that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written,” he told an audience of Latinos in 2011. “I’m president. Not king.”

 

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