U.S. grants temporary protective status to undocumented Haitian immigrants

ABC News reports today that the U.S. will grant "temporary protective status" to undocumented immigrants from Haiti in light of the recent devastating earthquake there:

"This is a disaster of historic proportions and this designation will allow eligible Haitian nationals in the United States to continue living and working in our country for the next 18 months," Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced late today on a conference call. "Providing a temporary refuge for Haitian nationals who are currently in the United States and whose personal safety would be endangered by returning to Haiti is part of this Administration's continuing efforts to support Haiti's recovery."

Napolitano estimated that there are 100,000 to 200,000 Haitian nationals currently in the country illegally.

"TPS gives them sort of an intermediate immigration status," said the secretary. "It allows them -- only for a period of 18 months, while Haiti gets back on its feet -- to remain in the United States and authorizes them to work during that period, among other things." [...]

By law, the secretary of Homeland Security can offer temporary protected status to illegal immigrants of a particular nationality if calamities such as natural disasters or war make it too burdensome for their home countries to receive them.

Many politicians in both parties have expressed support for granting TPS to Haitians, Andrea Nill noted at the Think Progress blog. But Republican Congressman Steve King (R, IA-05) put a wingnutty spin on the humanitarian crisis:

"This sounds to me like open borders advocates exercising the Rahm Emanuel axiom: 'Never let a crisis go to waste,'" Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said in an e-mail message to ABCNews. "Illegal immigrants from Haiti have no reason to fear deportation, but if they are deported, Haiti is in great need of relief workers, and many of them could be a big help to their fellow Haitians."

How very compassionate of him.

Tags: Haiti, immigration, TPS (all tags)

Comments

9 Comments

They make me sick

Republicans, conservatives - from Limbaugh to King make me sick. These guys must never be let in power again - Hell, even Liarman and Nelson are far better than they.

by vecky 2010-01-15 09:35PM | 0 recs
They make America sick

People are temporarily distracted now, and that's what's scary.

When I heard what Pat Robertson said, I exclaimed aloud, uncensored, that I hoped he burns alive in a fire.

It's so important for democrats to remind America what Republicans really are.

by NoFortunateSon 2010-01-15 09:54PM | 0 recs
in fairness

if you click the Think Progress link you'll see various Republicans supporting TPS status for Haitians now, including Senator Richard Lugar.

King is one of the worst of the worst.

by desmoinesdem 2010-01-15 10:08PM | 0 recs
RE: in fairness
yeah, but Lugar is one of the very best (of an admittedly crappy crowd)
by lojasmo 2010-01-15 10:13PM | 0 recs
RE: in fairness

Aye, but Lugar is a moderate, rather than a conservative republican.

 

 

by vecky 2010-01-15 11:13PM | 0 recs
Steve King is a monster

What the President is doing is the only humane thing to do here.  Mind you, I'm actually for stronger border protection and tougher immigration laws than most people on the left (I think it's a trade and labor market issue that you have to address along with the immigration issue).  But WTF are you supposed to do when a country has been devastated?  You send those people back in the middle of the devastation and make the job of emergency relief harder and get more people killed?  Is that Steve King's argument?

by deaniac83 2010-01-15 11:56PM | 0 recs
to a hammer everything looks like a nail

and to Steve King everything looks like a reason to deport undocumented immigrants.

by desmoinesdem 2010-01-16 09:36AM | 0 recs
And thus,

xenophobes everywhere are officially shitting bricks.

by sricki 2010-01-16 03:44AM | 0 recs
I don't think this is a partisan issue

This is quite frankly - a healthcare issue. There are two components here. Food. and Medical supplies.

 

The food will run out. And so will the medical supplies. We need to do three things, as a neighboring country - to help.

 

 We need to airlift supplies to them and drop them by parachute   intothe country. This would be , for us, mostly medical supplies. Emergency rations. Water purification kits.  That kind of thing.

Thats all we should be focussed on right now. Anything else, and they will die.  You haven't seen anything yet. Haiti is a rough place, and they were too poor to be able to handle this thing properly - for all its talk of island paradise I lived in the Caribbean long enough to know they were so damned poor , crime was a real problem. If the gangs start up - there will be gang war and then everyone will be killed off in the ensuing street battle for whatever supplies are there - and then you won't be able to drop supplies or personnel in there b/c the UN types don't have the balls for a real war zone.

Definitely not a partisan issue. Even though, Haiti serves as probably the best example of why the Republican party should be destroyed outright - the government of Haiti was way into the "lets lower taxes to stimulate the economy" thing that happens when big corporate entities, warlords and guys with the gold chains in the chest hair get special access to the lord and lady of the realm.

Those guys dropped all their taxes on rice, and so they got dependent on Miami Rice and they don't grow any on their own to feed themselves. They are dependent on one port and now that port is shot to hell. They're gonna starve in about a week or so.

 

 

 

 

by Trey Rentz 2010-01-16 07:17AM | 0 recs

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