In two separate incidents, recipients of former President Barack Obama’s DACA program were arrested on suspicion of committing the same crime — human smuggling.
Wednesday near Torrey Pines State Beach
Federal officials says border agents were sent to look into a report of what looked like human smuggling. When they pulled over the suspect’s car, they discovered two persons who were in the country illegally from Mexico.
The driver was a 20-year-old DACA recipient whose status had expired. They admitted to police that they were involved in human smuggling.
Thursday in Campo
Thursday morning, two border agents followed one of two suspicious vehicles they had seen after arresting two people they suspected of being in the country illegally.
When they searched the vehicle, the 22-year-old driver admitted that he and his passenger were scouting for a group of smugglers. The DACA recipient lived in Riverside County in California, and was from Mexico.
Federal officials indicate that the suspect is in custody and will be deported, pending the proper legal procedure.
The amnesty debate
Many advocates for “Dreamers,” a class of illegal immigrants who were brought into the country as children, argue that some studies show they are much less likely to commit crimes than the native born populace.
President Donald Trump has presented a plan that calls for amnesty and a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million “Dreamers,” in return for $25 billion for the border wall and greater border enforcement. The deal is still being negotiated.