A new piece of legislation by a Republican lawmaker would tighten current processes which give illegal aliens de facto amnesty under what is meant to be a temporary, protected status.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who is running for U.S. Senate, has introduced legislation that seeks to reform the temporary protected status system, where hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens can have their files renewed repeatedly, sometimes remaining legally in the U.S. for more than a decade.
More than 300,000 illegal aliens are given Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a designation that allows them to stay in the U.S. for up to 18 months. But, according to Brooks, the program is not temporary, as its name implies.
Brooks told AL.com that the President “repeatedly renews protected status, effectively providing a free and permanent pass into America – including all the benefits that come with it.”
“My bill, the TPS Reform Act, would ensure that ‘temporary’ means temporary by establishing clear time limitations and creating statutory tests that must be met to grant the TPS designation,” Brooks said. “This legislation provides the needed reform for what has become a long-running amnesty program.”
Already, Brooks’ legislation has gained traction among immigration experts, like the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), NumbersUSA, and the Center for Immigration Studies.
“Past administrations have been abusing this temporary, humanitarian program for 27 years, using it as a de facto amnesty program,” NumbersUSA’s Rosemary Jenks told AL.com. “This bill would restore critical oversight by Congress.”
Rep. Steve King (R-IA), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) are co-sponsoring the legislation.
The intent of the TPS program was to give short-term protection to foreign nationals so they could stay in the US until conditions improved in their native country, to which they would return. Except that none of them ever left – instead, they continue to renew their ‘free pass’ which comes with a side order of government benefits, also free.
Brooks stated that there are over 300,000 foreign residents on the program, but that’s the same figure used in 2014 and it didn’t include the estimated 9,000 Syrians who became eligible to apply when DHS advanced the date to demonstrate continuous presence in the US. It also does not include the additional 4,000 Sudanese nationals DHS estimated would be eligible for TPS based on the advancement of the designation dates in those two countries.
Nor does it include the tens of thousands of Haitians that O extended humanitarian services to a full five years after the horrible earthquake hit them.
A quick search resulted in the additional nationals coming from Syria, Sudan and Haiti. Had I looked deeper there were probably thousands more that were also given protected status by O’s administration.
My point is this – Brooks’ bill would be a good start, but citing the out-of-date number of a mere 300,000 isn’t going to have much of an impact on House members when we’re dealing with millions of people who shouldn’t be in our country. If he truly wanted this bill to pass, he would have put more effort into coming up with real numbers to present to House members. Instead, this bill seems to be a lip service bill being used as a springboard to get him into a Senate seat. It’s so that during his campaign he can say he tried, but once in the Senate he’ll be a huge success.
Like I’ve said before – it’s not about we the people or the country – their primary goal is to stay in the game.