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300,000+ Salvadorans, Haitians, & More Still In U.S. Under ‘Temp Protective Status’ From 1998 Hurricane

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Chris Menahan
Information Liberation
Nov 10, 2017

Over 300,000 Salvadorans, Hondurans, Nicaraguans and Haitians have been living in the US under a “temporary protective status” since Hurricane Mitch hit Central America in 1998, and despite protests from the White House, the Homeland Security Secretary is insisting nearly all be allowed to stay.

The Washington Post reported on this ridiculous story under the ominous headline, “White House chief of staff tried to pressure acting DHS secretary to expel thousands of Hondurans, officials say.”

They waited until the seventh paragraph to explain these people are still here from a hurricane that happened 19 years ago.

Just like the “diversity visa lottery,” this is another insane immigration policy no sane American would actually support if it were put up to a vote, nonetheless The Washington Post deceptively weaponized the story for propaganda purposes.

From The Washington Post:

On Monday, as the Department of Homeland Security prepared to extend the residency permits of tens of thousands of Honduran immigrants living in the United States, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly called Acting Secretary Elaine Duke to pressure her to expel them, according to current and former administration officials.

Duke refused to reverse her decision and was angered by what she felt was a politically driven intrusion by Kelly and Tom Bossert, the White House homeland security adviser, who also called her about the matter, according to officials with knowledge of Monday’s events, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

“As with many issues, there were a variety of views inside the administration on a policy. The Acting Secretary took those views and advice [on] the path forward for TPS and made her decision based on the law,” said Jonathan Hoffman, the DHS spokesman, referring to a form of provisional residency called Temporary Protected Status. He added that it was also “perfectly normal for them to discuss the issue before she had reached a decision.”

A White House official confirmed the calls to Duke on Monday, but said Kelly’s frustration had to do “with Duke’s lack of decisiveness.”

By extending the residency permits of the Hondurans, Kelly told her that the TPS decision “keeps getting kicked down the road” and that the additional delay “prevents our wider strategic goal” on immigration, the White House official said.

Duke, who was confirmed by the Senate in April, has informed Kelly she plans to resign, said the officials. Hoffman said there is “zero factual basis” to the claim that Duke has said she’ll step down, and disputed the claim that Kelly called to pressure Duke, insisting she had reached out to him to solicit advice on the TPS decision.

DHS had until the end of the day Monday to announce its plans for some 57,000 Hondurans and 2,500 Nicaraguans who were allowed to remain in the United States under TPS after Hurricane Mitch hit Central America in 1998.

Another 50,000 Haitians and 200,000 Salvadorans were nervously awaiting the decision, as their residency permits will expire early next year. Trump administration officials have repeatedly cited the TPS program as an example of what they say is U.S. immigration policy gone awry, because a program designed to be temporary should not be used to grant long-term residency in the United States.

Duke had decided to end the TPS designation for the Nicaraguans, giving them until January 2019 to leave the United States or change their immigration status. But Duke felt she did not have enough information for the much larger group of Honduran immigrants, so she deferred, granting them a six-month extension, administration officials said Monday when they announced the TPS decision.

This goes to show how little power Trump actually has over this out of control government. He’s one man in a swampland where 91% of people voted Hillary Clinton and only 4% voted Trump.

That said, Trump’s next pick to lead the DHS, Kirstjen Nielsen, is similarly awful.

This article was posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 at 7:59 am

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