Whistleblower: Alleged Child Sex Offender Not Deported Even Though DHS Knew Of Threat
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley is investigating allegations that an immigrant camp counselor who sexually exploited children may have escaped deportation through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program President Barack Obama issued an executive order to expand last year.
Grassley sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asking him to respond to allegations that Edgar Covarrubias-Padilla was allowed to stay in the country through DACA even though DHS knew the man was a danger to children. Covarrubias-Padilla, a California science camp counselor, has been charged for possessing 600 child porn images and a for lewd and lascivious act with a child under 14.
Whistleblowers say U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement knew as far back as November of 2014 that Edgar Covarrubias-Padilla was part of an investigation for child sex crimes, but he wasn’t arrested until May 7.
“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 said in a letter to Johnson.
“These reports raise significant questions concerning the coordination of ICE and USCIS, in regards to DACA recipients,” Grassley added.
The letter also suggests that had DHS vetted the DACA recipient, he may not have been put in a position where he could take advantage of children.
Grassley also pointed to the dozens of concerned parents who have contacted authorities out of fear that their children may have been one of Covarrubias-Padilla’s victims.
This is not the first time Grassley has raised concerns about DACA beneficiaries.
“In February and March of 2015, I wrote to you about Emanuel RangelHernandez—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,” Grassley wrote. “Last month, I wrote to you concerning another DACA recipient, Jose Bojorquez, who was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder.”
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