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‘Temporary’ 9 Yr Amnesty For 312,000

From those the open borders lobby at the (all Anglo) Washington Post:


For Years, U.S. Has Renewed Amnesty for 312,000

Many Central Americans Who Got Temporary Legal Status in the 1990s Have Been Able to Keep It

By Pamela Constable
Sunday, June 10, 2007; A07

Every 18 months, Jeremias Villalobos dutifully pays about $300 in fees, fills out several U.S. government forms and buys himself another year and a half of peace.

Since 1998, when the Riverdale truck driver applied for the “temporary” amnesty granted illegal immigrants from three Central American countries because of devastating earthquakes and hurricanes there, his right to remain here has almost expired — and then been extended — at least six times.

“I give thanks to God each time,” said Villalobos, 40, a native of Honduras who gradually saved up enough money to buy a house and paint each room a favorite color while sending about $100 a month to the children he has not seen in a decade. “Only by staying here can I afford to send my daughter to school,” he said. “If I were home, she might be working in the fields with me.”

While Congress has struggled rancorously this month over what to do with the country’s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants, the Bush administration has kept renewing permission for 312,000 Central Americans — including tens of thousands of people in the District, Maryland and Virginia — to remain here under “temporary protected status.”

Last month, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would extend the amnesty yet again, setting various deadlines this summer for qualified immigrants from Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador to register. The original rationale for the protection — the natural disasters of a decade ago — has long since passed, but officials said conditions in the countries had not improved enough that the United States could end the amnesty

Honduras was devastated by Hurricane Mitch, and even though so much time has passed, we are still feeling the effects,” said Roberto Flores Bermudez, the Honduran ambassador to the United States. “We are doing well in terms of macroeconomic indicators, but 60 percent of the people live below the poverty level, and we do not have the social conditions that would permit 78,000 people to come back.” …

This is a win-win situation for both sides,” said Ana Margarita Chavez, the Salvadoran consul general in Washington. “Of course our people send money home, but no one talks about their economic benefits to the U.S. They are doing the hard, heavy work others do not want. They have given themselves to the country that welcomed them.” …

With prospects for sweeping immigration change now uncertain, immigrant advocates say families with temporary protected status should be allowed to become permanent U.S. residents because for years, they have put down roots and followed stringent rules, paid processing fees and undergone background checks.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” said Saul Solorzano, executive director of the Central American Resource Center in Northwest Washington, where hundreds of immigrants, including Villalobos, have been filling out forms this month to re-register for temporary protected status…

Villalobos said that an “honest person” can earn only about $4 a day in Honduras, where a pound of beans costs about $2. “There is nothing left over for the doctor or school clothes, and there are so many thieves you can’t even wear a watch,” he said.

“In this country, everything is tranquil and orderly, and there are so many opportunities. I miss my family, but they tell me: ‘Please don’t come home. We need you to stay in America.’ “

Mind you, the Washington Post didn’t run this story because they are outraged that illegal aliens are living in this country for almost a decade on “temporary” visas.

The Post is arguing that they people must be given permanent amnesty because of how well they have gamed the system.

Villalobos said that an “honest person” can earn only about $4 a day in Honduras, where a pound of beans costs about $2. “There is nothing left over for the doctor or school clothes, and there are so many thieves you can’t even wear a watch,” he said.

Why does it never occur to these people (or our watchdog media) that they should do something about their own countries?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 10th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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