Grassley ➠ Whistleblowers Say DHS Failed To Revoke Exec. Amnesty from Alleged Child Molesting Camp Counselor
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is pressing the Obama administration for answers on an illegal immigrant allegedly granted executive amnesty who’s now charged with child molestation and distributing child pornography.
According to Grassley, whistleblowers allege that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement knew Edgar Covarrubias-Padilla — a camp counselor in California now charged with four felonies including child molestation — was part of child exploitation investigation as early as November 2014.
The whistleblowers further note that Covarrubias-Padilla applied for the executive amnesty Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012 and received an approval through May 2015. He was arrested on May 7, 2015.
“These allegations are deeply troubling because, if true, they suggest that DHS was aware for months or years that Mr. Covarrubias-Padilla posed a public safety threat to the children he was monitoring, yet took no action to revoke his DACA authorization,” Grassley wrote in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Wednesday.
Grassley further noted that there also appears to be a lack of communication between various arms within DHS.
“Of note, news sources have reported that the Santa Clara Sherriff’s Office initiated Mr. Covarrubias-Padilla’s arrest after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contacted them with concerns about Mr. Covarrubias-Padilla’s involvement in child exploitation and child pornography. These reports raise significant questions concerning the coordination of ICE and USCIS, in regards to DACA recipients,” Grassley wrote.
The allegations against DHS in the Covarrubias-Padilla are the latest in a number of concerning individuals granted executive amnesty — including a known gang member who later went on to kill four people in Charlotte, N.C.
In his letter to Johnson, Grassley highlights the recent missteps in the DACA program and requests more information about Covarrubias-Padilla case.
Read the letter:
Dear Secretary Johnson:
In February and March of 2015, I wrote to you about Emanuel Rangel-Hernandez—a recipient of the President’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program who was charged with four counts of first-degree murder in Charlotte, North Carolina. Last month, I wrote to you concerning another DACA recipient, Jose Bojorquez, who was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder. This month, I write to you again about another potential DACA recipient who has allegedly distributed and possessed hundreds of images of child pornography and who has used his position at a summer camp, employment he may have legally obtained only with employment authorization he achieved as a DACA recipient, to molest and victimize the children he was tasked with helping. More