Editors note: This is cross-posted from Refugee Resettlement Watch today.
It’s called Temporary Protected Status and we’ve talked about it many times on these pages. So what makes me think so? I wrote a post about Guatemalans wanting TPS, here, back in February and in just the last two days dozens and dozens of readers are arriving there by googling the subject and finding that old post (be sure to read it to better understand TPS).
With TPS, immigrants get to stay indefinitely, get work permits, get DRIVERS LICENSES*, and are not even deported for killing someone as we learned from this tragic case in California.
From the Pasadena Star News:
DREW Rosenberg became a victim of San Francisco’s sanctuary-city policies on Nov. 16, 2010. The second-year law student was riding his motorcycle in rush-hour traffic when a car driven by an unlicensed driver made a left turn and hit him. That evening, Don Rosenberg of Westlake Village, received the phone call every parent dreads. His precious son was dead.
Then another nightmare unfolded.
As Rosenberg investigated driver Roberto Galo’s background, he discovered that San Francisco’s sanctuary-city policies have served as an enabler for dangerous drivers.
The murderer had Temporary Protected Status! Search as I might I could not find Galo’s nationality mentioned, but I am guessing he is Salvadoran (they’ve had TPS for over ten years!).
It turns out that as a legal immigrant with “temporary protected status,” Galo was eligible for a California driver’s license. He just never got one. After his car was impounded, he paid a $220 fine and walked away. That’s chump change. The fine for driving illegally in a car pool lane is $481.
More proof the city doesn’t take driving without a license seriously: A judge reduced the felony manslaughter charge to a misdemeanor. A jury found Galo guilty of manslaughter and driving without a license. His sentence: six months in prison, three years’ probation.
Rosenberg told me, “(By that time), my wife and I really didn’t care if he was sentenced to a day. Our focus became: Convict him of the two misdemeanors, and deport him. That’s a worse punishment than whether he spends a couple of months in jail.” In that Galo returned American hospitality with a readiness to flout American law, deportation seemed both just and in the interest of public safety.
Then came the next body blow. Rosenberg asked Rep. Henry Waxman’s office to make sure Galo would be deported. Waxman aides tell me that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told them that Galo was guilty of only one crime of moral turpitude – manslaughter.
The US government won’t deport him.
And, everyone! please stop saying legal immigration is o.k. but illegal is what you oppose! That buffoon Sen. Lindsey Graham said that very thing, here, on Sunday while talking about the latest push for so-called ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’
Graham said the overhaul would have to be done in such a way that “we don’t have a third wave of illegal immigration 20 years from now. That’s what Americans want. They want more legal immigration and they want to fix illegal immigration once and for all.”
* With those DRIVERS LICENSES you can be sure they are registering to VOTE. However, keep in mind! TPS has no path to citizenship (yet!).