Speaking from the White House Rose Garden on July 15, 2012, President Barack Obama promised the American people about his new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, “Now, let’s be clear—this is not amnesty, this is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship.”
Now, more than ever, the president’s statement has proven to be blatantly false.
Shortly after Obama first announced his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Legal Action Center of the American Immigration Council published a “practice advisory” alerting immigration lawyers to a legal loophole that could be exploited to turn an illegal immigrants DACA status into a green card and eventually citizenship.
Here’s how it works: aliens who legally enter the United States but do not have a valid visa, have long been allowed to apply for “advance parole,” an immigration document that allows aliens to re-enter the United States after traveling abroad.