Trump's Bizarre Decision to Increase the Number of Undocumented Immigrants

Trump's Bizarre Decision to Increase the Number of Undocumented Immigrants

In 2001, the George W. Bush administration granted Salvadorans temporary protection status after an quake devastated the country's infrastructure and killed more than 1,000 people.

Bethany believes very strongly that we need to take every action possible to keep families together. Gang conscription, beatings and murders of those who refuse to join, rape of sisters and mothers as coercion - those conditions have made neighborhoods so risky that parents pay thousands of dollars to smuggle their children into the U.S. It's true that gang violence isn't the reason Salvadorans were granted protected status, but it would be callously formalistic to ignore that risk and force some 200,000 people to repatriate just because some houses and hospitals have been rebuilt since the natural disaster.

Steven Camarota, research director of the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, D.C., which favors restrictive immigration policies, said Salvadorans "mostly work at the bottom of the labor market in lower-wages jobs", where there is a large supply of workers. Haiti and Nicaragua's TPS will expire without renewal in 2019, and the condition in Honduras is also being examined to see if TPS should be ended for Hondurans, as well.

Salvadorans comprise the vast majority of immigrants covered under the program.

Donald Trump didn't hold back when he referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as "shithole countries" during an immigration meeting with lawmakers in the Oval Office on Thursday. That's why President George W. Bush-a Republican-granted TPS to Salvadorans in 2001, and why it's been extended ever since. By that logic the entire population of El Salvador should be enabled to emigrate here.

At the same time that the Trump Administration has declared Salvador safe for the return of refugees, it is engaged in a war with Salvadoran street gangs, particularly MS-13, that are active in the United States.

"It's just a completely racist statement" that shows the "true colours" of the president and the conservative elements within his administration, says Daniella Burgi-Palomino, a senior associate at Latin America Working Group.

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Now, campaign season has officially opened for the March 2018 midterms, and all parties are gearing up for the 2019 presidential vote.

Ultimately what we want is to reduce crime by reducing vulnerability.

Politics aside, the defining characteristics of TPS are rather straightforward. The mayor and the plan's supporters didn't view this as some act of compassion but a strategy born of necessity - a win-win for new arrivals and an aging East Coast city that needed a spark of energy and productivity that comes with an influx of immigrants.

Canales' two sisters are part of a massive TPS community firmly rooted in the United States.

So too does the privileging of "Dreamers" in the current immigration debate. For such families, the news on 8 January was devastating. Even as DHS slashes TPS for hundreds of thousands of immigrants, the White House is trying to ransom protections for DACA recipients in exchange for further border militarization and enforcement.

There's no polite way to tell houseguests who have overstayed their welcome it's time to go, but perpetual amnesty for illegal aliens - whether it's called TPS, DACA or DREAM - only will beget more illegal immigration.

Numerous people under the temporary status have tried to become permanent residents by applying for green cards. In light of his revolting comments, people have given those who agree with the racist views of the president a history lesson (here's an excellent breakdown of how the United States has contributed to Haiti's plight).