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Temporary Protected Status protects criminals from deportation

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 21, 2013

But will Temporary Protected Status be rendered moot if Obama-Rubio-Ryan get their way?  The answer is Yes!  Everyone will be able to stay! (but they can now anyway!)

Just two days ago I told you that the push was on to give Temporary Protected Status to Malians in the US.  Most recently we granted TPS to Syrians.   Haitians, as we reported here, aren’t signing up in large numbers because they see the Obama-Rubio-Ryan Amnesty coming (more on that below).   And, those Guatemalans and their Leftwing open borders advocates are trying to get the designation as well (although they seem to have slacked off, waiting for amnesty perhaps?).  “Temporary” refugees, can get drivers licenses and jobs and every couple of years their “temporary” status is renewed.

The Center for Immigration Studies tells us here how hard it is to get rid of even the criminals who have TPS status.

Roberto Galo has been in the US since the 1990’s!

Last week ICE arrested Roberto Galo, the unlicensed Honduran who killed a young man named Drew Rosenberg in a traffic crash in November 2010, and is detaining him without bond. Galo’s arrest is appropriate but, incredibly, despite the fact that Galo repeatedly violated California driving laws and killed someone, ICE had to make an exception to its policies in order to take him into custody and seek his removal.

Galo is an illegal immigrant who has been living here legally since the late 1990s under a grant of Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Beneficiaries of TPS may apply for driver’s licenses; but Galo could not get one because he failed the driving test three times. Under immigration law, Galo no longer qualifies for TPS after having been convicted of two misdemeanors (vehicular manslaughter and unlicensed driving) stemming from his responsibility for the crash that took Drew Rosenberg’s life.

But under current policies, offenders like Galo are not supposed to be put on the path to removal. USCIS, which administers the TPS program, has directed its officers to try to reclassify some misdemeanors as “infractions” in order to allow these offenders to stay.

Read it all!

The Obama-Rubio-Ryan Amnesty of 2013

Appropriately, Mark Krikorian the Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, with USCIS cases like Galo’s in mind, asks Rep. Paul Ryan and Senator Marco Rubio, so are you planning to trust Obama to keep his end of the bargain as you pander to the ‘Hispanic’ voter.


Sen. Marco Rubio has effectively endorsed President Obama’s approach to immigration, and that endorsement was in turn endorsed by Rep. Paul Ryan. Or, as Julia Preston put it in the New York Times yesterday, “Strikingly, Mr. Rubio’s principles did not sound that different from proposals for an immigration overhaul by Mr. Obama, Democratic leaders and a handful of other Republicans.”

So, in considering what can now accurately be referred to as the Obama-Rubio-Ryan amnesty plan of 2013, there’s one central question that Rubio and Ryan need to be asked: Do they trust President Obama to enforce the immigration laws in the future, after today’s illegals have been legalized?

If they answer “yes”, then they need to explain why they think he’d suddenly become committed to enforcement after four years of downgrading immigration law enforcement, and more generally acting as though the U.S. Code were a body of suggestions rather than laws.


This isn’t some nit I’m picking — it’s central to the whole concept of “comprehensive immigration reform”. If you trust Obama to do the right thing, then, by all means, endorse his plan for amnesty, as Rubio and Ryan have done. But if you don’t trust him to keep his word, if you think all his statements come with an expiration date, then there’s no honest way you can back his approach.

For more on what Rubio’s (and no doubt Grover Norquist’s too!) “comprehensive” plan would do, visit VDARE and see what “Washington Watcher” says about it.  Here is one snippet:

In reality, because, as I mentioned earlier, there is no way to find out when an illegal alien first came to this country, an amnesty will certainly lead to more illegals crossing the border to take advantage of the new program.

It is safe to say that Rubio’s proposal appears to be virtually indistinguishable from what the Democrats want—except the delay in granting citizenship to the amnestied illegals.

Usually, Republican amnesty proposals at least pretend that they are focused even more on enforcement than legalization—but Rubio has pretty much given up even that pretense.

My theory: Rubio is willing to give the Democrats whatever they want—so long as the illegals don’t get (immediate) citizenship.

Back to TPS

I don’t see any other conclusion, if Obama-Rubio-Ryan get their way, everyone gets to stay and Temporary Protected Status is permanent (no more fig leaf), but for certain classes of illegal immigants it already is—Salvadorans, Somalis, Haitians etc.

Liberians had TPS for years and note that they are off the list, but no one deported them!

To be truly “comprehensive,” Rubio’s bill should include a repeal of TPS.  And, the diversity visa lottery too!  How about a moratorium on refugee resettlement as well until that 1980 Kennedy-Biden-Carter law has been back to Congress for reauthorization (something that has never happened).

7 Responses to “Temporary Protected Status protects criminals from deportation”

  1. […] and El Salvador to name a few; and people like Honduran criminal Roberto Galo (I wrote about him here), will all be given a shot at US citizenship.  And, don’t forget we have thousands and thousands […]


  2. […] and El Salvador to name a few; and people like Honduran criminal Roberto Galo (I wrote about him here), will all be given a shot at US citizenship.  And, don’t forget we have thousands and […]


  3. anmar1027 said

    I would also like to add that, I wish that USCIS could do more thorough checks. I understand why anyone would feel angered that a murderer or rapist is being given protection. There needs to be better networking between governments.


  4. anmar1027 said

    I have to disagree with Genomega1 and McConnell. I am under TPS protection and so is my family. We fleed our country, El Salvador, after my parents successful shoe company went down because of the expansion of chinese products. However, the real reason is because my mother was kidnapped twice. The fear we lived in was not what any family should live under. We did things the right way and came to the country LEGALLY. We never broke laws when moving to the USA. We have made USA our home for the past 13 years. And let me tell you something, we’ve paid taxes all those years! We have paid every 18 months to renew our TPS without failling. My parents are working people, who give to this country instead of subtracting. My father has his own home improvement company(a company that is licensed and bonded and let me tell you one thing, he has met many contractors who are US citizens who have illegal contracting companies because they don’t have insurace or licenses!). My brother works as a realtor alongside a succesfull real estate agent (whom is white and happy to have my brother by his side). Now, to get to where we are we had to go through the small jobs. My parents and older brothers began working at a McDonald’s where they were paid minimum wage for three years. We got our own apartment and paid it monthly. They never missed a payment. Now, let me ask you something McConnell, you say that immigrants are taking the jobs of US Citizens. I don’t really see a line at the local Mcdonals, who constantly hires. Instead I see US born citizens in the street begging for money, when they could be hired at any fast food resturant or perhaps a supermarket. You say immigrants have stolen your jobs??? Well show me where US citizens line up to take jobs at? Most immigrants are not proud to ignore small jobs. My father was an engineer in our country and he came to the US to work at a McDonalds by cleaning the fry machines. I am now in college and I do farely well. I am only 19 and I have already published a research paper and I am not a US citizen. I aspire to be a doctor and if you tell me that I am stealing a US citizens job well I would have to disagree. I am working my butt off and if US citizens can’t work their butts off or seize the opportunities don’t blame immigrants. Blame the way that you are raising these kids. My family and I ache for an immigration reform that would make our status here more permanent.
    However, McConnell I agree with you that the US NEEDS to stop leaning on other countries. The US needs to be more linient on taxes so that US companies do not have to take thier companies elsewhere. The US also needs to stop being so linient with Wall Street. It’s time they put their foot down. It’s time that everyone begins an initiative to bring everything back to the USA.


  5. We need to stop the immigration, send back the illegals, no more refugees until our country is stable. Obama is turning this country into a third world country. The green card, illegals, refugees take the jobs from the American citizens or they are on Welfare. We can’t continue this and borrow money to support the federal government. WE HAVE TO MANY PEOPLE IN GOVERNMENT WHO ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING. Medicare is a very good example of one agency not knowing what another agency is doing.
    As a citizen of the U.S.A we can boycott products from the countries that are taking our jobs.
    google GM jobs in 30 countries! Why? what is the Union doing to protect the jobs here?


  6. genomega1 said

    Reblogged this on News You May Have Missed and commented:
    Temporary Protected Status protects criminals from deportation


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