Since assuming office, President Trump has ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 300,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Liberia, Nepal, Sudan, and most recently Honduras earlier this month. They were previously given status due to coming from dangerous countries hit by natural disasters or political instability, a description that applies to most of the Third World. Only about 7,000 people now receive TPS, meaning the Trump administration has all but eliminated the program.
TPS, established in 1990, is ostensibly designed to give temporary residence for a period of around 12 to 18 months. Instead, it has been used to give permanent residence to hundreds of thousands by perpetually renewing the so-called temporary status. The 57,000 Hondurans recently taken off the program, for instance, have been here since a hurricane hit their country in 1998. That’s 1998, as in 20 years ago. In fact, the vast majority of the recipients have been here far longer than any recovery effort should be expected to take. The fact is, there is no significant difference in the stability and prosperity of these countries before, during, or after these disasters. These are primitive places in a constant state of crisis or war. If we plan on waiting for them to “recover,” we will be waiting forever.
Previous administrations have allowed them to stay under the reasoning that their return to their home countries would present a burden on those countries. Meanwhile, they stay for years and give birth to children who are automatically given American citizenship. Birthright citizenship should not exist anyway, but this is an especially egregious example. If someone is given temporary status, then that should apply to their offspring as well, otherwise it is permanent residence for your family forever.
Of course, the politicians using the program mean for it to be permanent. TPS is yet another humanitarian policy that has been exploited in order to funnel as many non-Whites into America as possible.
The decision to effectively end TPS is a welcome one, but the reasoning used leaves a lot to be desired. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has claimed that it is bound by law to end status for these countries because the initial disasters there are over. Both Chief of Staff John Kelly and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen have said they would like to see legislation passed which allows long-time recipients of TPS to get a pathway to citizenship, but since no such legislation exists, they are bound to terminate the program.
Why does their reasoning for rescinding status not include the interest of Americans? They should have included language that having these people here is a burden on Americans and they do not belong here. Instead, the primary focus is always first on the prospective immigrant, second on the country of origin, and lastly (and really not at all) on what benefits Americans. This can be seen in previous adminstrations’ interpretation of the law—the immigrants get sent back once their presence is not a burden on their country of origin, not once their presence is a burden to America. The country of origin gets preference over America. One of the fundamental evils of the American empire is that it prioritizes foreigners over its own people. Even when something is done to benefit Americans, it is rationalized in legalistic language, and those doing it have to lament the fact that they actually did something to benefit the country.
Nonetheless, sending 300,000 Third Worlders out of the country is always a positive thing, and Trump went against decades of anti-White, anti-American precedent to get it done.