Tuesday, April 21, 2015
The Hispanic accused of murdering a former contestant on “America’s Next Top Model” was already a known gang member when he was approved for Obama’s amnesty for so-called Dreamers, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has revealed
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency charged with approving amnesty applications, admitted that 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,” Rodriguez said in admitting his agency’s catastrophic error in approving Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez. Rodriguez said that Rangel’s immigrant’s status was revoked March 5, 2015 — but that was a month after he’d already been arrested by police and accused of killing Mirjana Puhar, a contestant on the “Top Model” program, and three others. The admissions are a serious black eye for Obama’s amnesty program, which he 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 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. Rodriguez said that his officers will also face retraining so they know which applications to deny. But Grassley said that the approvals exposed the holes with the amnesty, which 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,” 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.” Puhar, the model contestant that 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.