The Corner

There’s Nothing as Permanent as a Temporary Immigration Status

It should come as no surprise that Haitian illegal aliens have been given an 18-month extension on the “Temporary Protected Status” they received after the earthquake (and which was later extended to illegals who came after the earthquake). TPS is a statutory tool the executive may use to let illegals stay if they don’t qualify for asylum but it’s not practical to deport them because their country has suffered a major natural disaster or civil war. TPS is routinely extended, as in the Haitian case, and no one has ever been made to go home because their TPS expired — no one. Liberian illegals who received it more than two decades ago are still here, legally, albeit not as citizens, a matter that is inconsequential to most of them.

This is relevant to the larger question of the president’s illegal amnesty for up to 2 million DREAMer illegal aliens — the administration keeps protesting that this is just a temporary reprieve and nothing more, which is why they claim it’s not an amnesty. But the experience of TPS makes clear that no one who gets a work card and Social Security number through this “DACA” amnesty will ever leave — their new card from DHS may have a two-year expiration date on it, but their legal status here is permanent. This is a real, permanent amnesty, not a time-limited reprieve.

Mark Krikorian, a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues, has served as Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since 1995.

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