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Illegal Haitians Can Remain (Forever?)

From a surprisingly skeptical Associated Press:

Haitians in country illegally can stay

By Suzanne Gamboa, Associated Press Writer Sat Jan 16

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration said Friday it will allow Haitians who were already in the U.S. illegally to remain for the time being because of their country’s catastrophic earthquake.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano granted the temporary protected status on Friday, two days after she temporarily halted deportations of Haitians, even those already in detention. The protection is only available to Haitians already in the country as of last Tuesday, and allows them to stay and work for 18 months.

Napolitano told reporters that the temporary legal status is an act of compassion.

"It’s a horrible thing that has happened to Haiti," the secretary said.

Temporary protected status is granted to foreigners who may not be able to return safely to their country because of a natural disaster, armed conflict or other reasons.

Haitians in the U.S. illegally have pleaded for years for permission to stay, work and send money home — the same treatment the federal government gave Central Americans in 1998 after Hurricane Mitch devastated their region.

The pleas have been denied despite four tropical storms in 2008, massive floods almost every other year since 2000 and the long-running political strife that has prompted thousands to seek asylum in the U.S.

About 30,000 Haitians have orders to leave the U.S., according to Department of Homeland Security statistics. Many others are appealing their cases.

The federal government estimates there are about 100,000 to 200,000 Haitians living in the U.S. illegally, Napolitano said.

Perhaps they mean there are 200,000 Haitians living in New York City illegally.

Otherwise these numbers are laughable.

Napolitano declined to say Friday whether the U.S. would continue to interdict boats carrying Haitians who try to flee to the U.S. She said mass migration was not happening.

"The last thing Haiti needs are people leaving the country at this time who will not qualify" for the temporary legal status in the U.S., she said…

Those who favor a stricter U.S. immigration policy have argued giving temporary protected status is equivalent to granting amnesty.

TPS given to Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Hondurans following Mitch was repeatedly extended for more than a decade, presumably long after those countries were able to rebuild.

About 350,050 immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia and Sudan are living in the United States under TPS, according to DHS statistics. Most are from El Salvador.

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, said the protection "has been turned into something much more permanent."

"And while we probably should grant TPS to Haitians who were here before the earthquake," said Krikorian, whose group supports strict immigration laws, "we really need to make sure it’s temporary."

But of course this stay will eventually be made permanent. Or close enough.

Even an unextended ‘temporary’ period of 18 months will probably turn out to be permanent in effect.

For all the illegal aliens now living in this country must realize they only have to hang on until Mr. Obama rams through amnesty, which he has promised to do as soon as possible.

He will certainly try to get amnesty done before the November mid-terms.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, January 16th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Illegal Haitians Can Remain (Forever?)”

  1. canary says:

    AP: Haitians in country illegally can stay
    By Suzanne Gamboa Jan 16, 2010

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration said Friday it will allow Haitians who were already in the U.S. illegally to remain for the time being…


  2. misanthropicus says:

    The Democrats never miss an opportunity at trying to alter the ethic make up of this country – the Haitians in the US sure make for some fine ACORN, SEIU or other street citizenry –

  3. Confucius says:

    Based on this calculus, we should have rounded up and air dropped all Louisianans into France.

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