How Many Laws Should We Ignore? Where Does It End?

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How Many Laws Should We Ignore? Where Does It End?

By Glenn Spencer at American Border Patrol

When I heard that the government had processed 750,000 DACA applications requiring a determination that certain legal requirements were met, it raised a red flag. I did a quick calculation and estimated that it should have taken about 3,000 government-person–years to do the job. At a $100,000 per employee-year (including benefits, etc,) it should have cost around $300 million to do a comprehensive review. If it turned out to be much less — and this should be ascertainable rather quickly — the time given to process applications might have left us open to fraud.

Last June I suggested: “The Trump Administration should take a close look at the facts surrounding the processing of DACA applications. A close examination of a statistically significant random sample of applications could quickly determine if there is a real problem with DACA.”

It has now been reported that DACA fraud was widespread, justifying an examination of the type I suggested — preferably under the supervision of the Justice Department.

Before Congress decides to pass a law dealing with DACA, there should be a full report on the incidence of DACA fraud and the implications for prosecutions – of applicants and/or federal employees.

If the politicians decide against this, we must ask the question: How many laws should we ignore? Where does it end?