Two articles came my way this week about one of the backdoor ways in which illegal aliens become legal. It is Temporary Protected Status (TPS) which I have written about here many times.* Why am I so interested in TPS? Because in Maryland one of the largest of the ‘Hispanic’ population groups in the state is being sheltered here through this temporary “refugee” status, namely the Salvadorans.
Here is the Federation for Immigration Reform in its February newsletter:
When Congress created the Temporary Protection Status (TPS) program twenty years ago, the intent was to allow citizens of foreign countries to remain in the United States for a short period in response to a natural or manmade disaster in their homelands. Since its inception, TPS has been anything but temporary, as beneficiaries of the program, their advocates, and even their own governments have lobbied for endless extensions to their stay here.
The latest evidence of the abuse of the program was the extension of TPS for Salvadorans announced in early January. TPS for Salvadorans was first granted in 2001 after a series of earthquakes struck the Central American country. The latest extension will allow some 215,000 Salvadorans to remain through late 2013. Many of those who benefited from TPS were illegal aliens who had no intention of returning home.
And, frankly, if TPS were to be halted, they still wouldn’t go home. They would just go hide illegally somewhere else in the US as this Maryland Salvadoran woman told a reporter recently. They are not going home (even though, free to travel, this woman went back to El Salvador recently for a family visit).
For the large number of Salvadorans living in the D.C. region with Temporary Protected Status, life is just that — temporary. Temporarily allowed to work legally, temporarily protected from deportation. Yet, after a decade or more away from home, they struggle with their estranged relationship to El Salvador and their desire for permanency in the U.S.
Many immigrants with this status hope one day to attain a rare and nearly unachievable goal: permanent residency in the United States.
Husband and wife Rosa Amaya and José Noboa live in a modest brick house in a quiet neighborhood in Hyattsville, Md. They have five sons, four of who were born in the U.S. during the 15 years they have been here. Their youngest was born just a month ago.
Since 2001, they have been working under Temporary Protected Status, or TPS. Rosa says before they were granted TPS, she was always nervous.
The best of both worlds—work here, send money home and go visit the relatives from time to time.
Rosa visited El Salvador for the first time last May since coming to the U.S. She says she was happy to see her family, but it no longer felt like home.
Rosa discussed the dangers in El Salvador. Interesting to me is the fact that even permanent political refugees (from war-torn countries like Somalia and Bosnia), who have sought asylum here, have been known to just bounce back and forth between their homeland, that they supposedly ran from, and then return to the US. Tennessee has one Somali leader who receives federal grants for his non-profit group and yet travels to Somalia on a regular basis. But, I’m digressing.
Back to Jose’ and Rosa. Jose’ is hoping his employer will sponsor his family for permanent residency. Honestly though what they are really holding out for is a Congressional amnesty for all those, like themselves, who came to the US illegally prior to the creation of TPS.
I didn’t know this about sponsoring an illegal alien:
Cece Tueros is the Human Resources Manager at Cavalier Maintenance Services in Fairfax. The company staffs cleaning crews at buildings around Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. She says about 35 percent of her employees are Salvadoran under TPS. Tueros says they have sponsored employees for residency in the past.
“If we have a good employee that has been with the company for a long time, and we can help or assist, we would like to give that person the opportunity to become a resident alien or change their status, and become a citizen,” Tueros says.
She says new immigration laws enacted in the past two years have made this more costly for companies. The employer is now responsible for the total cost of sponsoring an employee.
That is interesting, so does that mean the Obama Administration with the previous Democrat-controlled Congress put this in place? It makes sense of course, otherwise, illegal aliens would be sponsored all over the place and then sign up for welfare benefits, but did Obama do this?
If TPS is halted, Rosa says she will just go hide. And, by the way, this issue of bad America supposedly separating parents from kids is bogus. People, like Rosa, can just take their minor kids, that they produced while here illegally, back to the home country. If she doesn’t she is the bad person, not the US taxpaying-citizen who has no responsibility to care for her kids.
Back in Hyattsville, Rosa and José visit with friends who have come to see their new baby boy. She’s worried her application for TPS may be rejected this year.
She considers what she would do if she and her husband were not granted TPS again.
“If they send us away, deport us, what would I do? Well if I see that my sons are safer here, I would hide,” she says. “I would go to another state where they couldn’t find me.”
Rosa says it makes her sad to see news stories about children who are left behind when their parents are deported. She says she won’t let that happen to her family.
Then she should take the kids with her!
* Here is a list of all the posts at PTPR about Temporary Protected Status