Liberians were granted TEMPORARY Protected Status (TPS) in 1991 and have been here ever since!
Others arriving later (mostly illegally) were then given the same privilege over the years. Now in a status that has no statutory basis called Deferred Enforced Departure their friends in Congress are pushing for yet another extension of their deadline to leave the country. This is the closest they have come to being sent back to a now quieter Liberia. If you are a new reader and haven’t been following my series on TPS which I call a LEGAL immigration fraud on the American people and back-door amnesty, please take a minute to visit recent posts here, here and here.
There must be a bunch of Liberians voting in Rhode Island because Senator Jack Reed has been pushing this issue with Rep Keith Ellison of Minnesota for a couple of years. In fact, visit Keith Ellison’s bill description here to see what I mean about amnesty.
Frankly what they are doing is backdoor AMNESTY—one ethnic group at a time!
Remember to get TPS status you had to have been in the US illegally before the event occurred for which a reprieve is given. The idea was that it wouldn’t be good for the illegal aliens’ home country at the time of some crisis, if all of a sudden we dumped their people on them through the deportation process. Nice idea, but, unfortunately, the temporary never ends (and we keep adding to the numbers)!
Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski are among 14 hard Left Senators supporting Reed’s effort to keep his Liberians.
From the Providence Journal last week:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an effort to preserve the status of Liberians living legally in the United States, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed on Monday led a letter signed by 14 of his colleagues to President Obama urging an extension and expansion of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).
Thousands of Liberians could be deported if their temporary status is not extended beyond the Sept. 30, 2011 deadline.
Senators joining Reed in sending the letter include: Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Ben Cardin, D-Md.; Al Franken, D-Minn.; Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.; Robert Menendez, D-N.J.; Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.; Chris Coons, D-Del.; Frank Lautenberg. D-N.J.; Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
Reed said, “Liberians have worked hard, played by the rules, paid U.S. taxes, and made positive contributions to our communities. They legally came to America to escape a brutal civil war and seek a better life for their children, many of whom are American citizens. They are here legally and should be given the chance to stay.” [You see how they play with that word ‘Legal’—they are temporarily legal and allowed to work but were granted that status with the expectation that they would soon go home. That was two decades ago!—ed]
LOL! I envision a conversation that went something like this—Reed: ‘hey, Ben and Babs, help me with my Liberian (voters?) and I’ll help you keep your Salvadorans when their time is up!’
For new readers, I’ve recently made a new category called ‘Immigration fraud’ where this story will be archived along with others like it.