Temporary Protected Status is NEVER temporary
Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 16, 2011
I want pro-migration advocates to show me and our readers any case where we granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to a group of immigrants and then returned them to their country later. We even have El Salvadorans here on TPS! I’ve been writing about the Liberians for two years (first post is here). They were granted TPS many years ago and each President* simply extends the deadline for their return to Africa. Eventually they have homes and businesses and the plea is made that we couldn’t possibly uproot them now.
Now (hat tip:Lynn) we learn that Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) have submitted a bill to give Liberians who were sheltered by us (through TPS) permanent residency.
From the Daily Planet:
Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison introduced the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act of 2011, H.R. 1293 in March, and Senator John Reed (RI) introduced the companion bill, S.656, in the Senate. The bills would allow Liberians to finally adjust their immigration status from temporary to permanent.
For years, immigration advocates have been making the case for permanent US residency for Liberians who are in the US on temporary immigration status. They argue that while Liberia is now post-civil war and on its way to recovery; it cannot handle a sudden influx of returnees. Additionally, they argue that Liberians have established new roots in their adopted homes including Minnesota which is home to over 30,000 Liberians.
Ellison says they enrich communities in Minnesota, yes, like the Somalis in St. Cloud? In reality these are the voters who will keep the likes of Ellison (our first Muslim Congressman) in office.
In a statement supporting the bill, Ellison said, “Liberian-Americans enrich our communities in Minnesota and we owe it to them to finally resolve their immigration status.”
Will Libyans be next? I would not be surprised if this is the program through which we will bring Libyan “refugees” from Obama’s war with Gaddafi!
* Note here that George Bush did say it was time to go home to Liberia, but ultimately Obama extended their “temporary” stay in America. And, also note that Liberians participated in the amnesty demonstrations in Washington, here.
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