Why will USCIS punish DREAMers for working illegally when everyone is doing it?

Billy writes, "I am already 25 years old, I have been in this country forever, have a college degree, and have been working illegally with a fake Social Security number for many years.  I do not think this fact is not known to the authorities that millions of illegal immigrants are working without papers.  So looking at your opinion and those of other legal experts that I should not apply for DACA because I have broken the law seems a bit illogical to me.  Wouldn't they consider the fact that people like my age and education wouldn't just stay at home and not work? I am frustrated that while doing the best I could to make my life better is now going to hurt me."

Working illegally is a serious crime and may not be ignored:  At this point no one knows what will happen to those who have worked illegally, because USCIS has not given any guidance and no cases have been decided yet.  What you are saying is logical from a humanitarian point of view but if I understand it right, the program does not condone illegal behavior of any type.  There is no amnesty built in to the executive order and while working without a SSN sounds like a harmless thing to do by an undocumented immigrant who risked his life to get here or constantly lives in fear of being deported, in reality, working without an authorization is as serious as any other felony.  I am personally not yet convinced that USCIS will approve these cases and basically send a message to everyone that you can simply use a fake SS# or other documents like a green card (or simply tick the US citizen box on the job application) and there will be no consequences.  As it is there is strong opposition to the decision on legal grounds because it condones illegal behavior and encourages others in the future to engage in similar behavior, but letting people get away with a crime will be shocking to anyone. 

Any decision by the USCIS has huge consequences on the whole legal system because if applicants like you were approved, many other immigrants who are being prosecuted for identity theft or working without authorization can make a case in court that charges against them should be dropped as well.  In addition, USCIS will need to approve other immigration cases in which the applicant work without authorization or broke other similar laws.

Applicants with doubtful cases should wait:  My personal recommendation for anyone with gray areas like yours is to simply wait for a few months and watch what happens.  Maybe USCIS will indicate that they are willing to forgive working illegally (and people like me were to wrong to interpret the law in this strict manner or they have identified a loophole to help the childhood arrivals candidates) or that USCIS prosecutors simply did not investigate each application carefully or that this is not even a criteria in the internal memo within the Agency or that while people worked without the right to work but created no paper trail or evidence that can lead the prosecutors to find out about illegal behavior (here people who got paid under the table in cash and never filed their taxes may benefit while those who were honest in filing their taxes will be punished), or alternatively, we might hear from other applicants that their applications got rejected because of this.  If you have been like this for so long, another 4-6 months may not make a big difference, even though it is so tempting to get as soon as possible an EAD and then a valid SS# and driver's license.