Incoherence at Homeland Security

Port-au-Prince drawn out on the mapThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced September 22 that it had decided to resume normal deportations of Haitians. Haitian deportations have been restricted since the major earthquake in 2010 – although deportations of those who committed serious crimes or represented a security threat were resumed in 2011. DHS said the decision to resume deportations had been based on the fact that conditions in Haiti have recovered sufficiently from the earthquake to eliminate the need for special provisions.

What makes no sense is the announcement of renewed deportations also contained an explicit exemption for Haitians who have been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS). TPS for Haitians in the U.S. was established in 2010 because of the earthquake and served as a means to shelter Haitians illegally in the U.S. from deportation. If the conditions in Haiti have improved sufficiently to permit normal deportations, they have improved sufficiently to terminate TPS.

But, if that were done, the work permits to the Haitian illegal aliens would also expire, and some of those Haitians might lose their jobs.  And that could attract unwanted news coverage as we get closer to the presidential election. Do you suppose there is a relationship?

It seems on this one, the administration gets to have it both ways:  the semblance of a hardening of the line on deportations to appease those concerned about immigration, while assuring those wanting open borders that there will be no significant change in actual deportations.

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Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    The Clintons and Clinton Foundation has ripped off Haiti, since taking over earthquake relief, the Clintons are looting Haiti.

    Haiti has a gold mine, and Haitians have claimed the Clintons are looting the gold mine.

    They also say Haiti has not seen 2-cents on the dollar of money raised for Haiti, that the Clintons have stolen that money.

    It is on You Tube.

    Recently, Trump met with Haitian people including Haitian leaders when he was in Florida.

    There are several video, including smart phone video, at YouTube.

    Obama is covering for Hillary?

    He picked a bad time to do it, because tonight is the first debate.

    Trump could ask Hillary is Obama protecting your campaign?

    ..and no, they aren’t all on welfare.

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      I did not see it on Youtube, but her brother Tony Rodham was given a seat on the board of the gold mining company. Just another example of many where the Clintons and relatives used their government connections to enrich themselves. What are the chances the brother would get on that gravy train without a connection to her. And they see it absolutely as their right to mix government and personal business.

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    Haiti History

    The Columbus family took possession of Haiti to move out of Europe centuries ago because Jews were being killed by Christians then….to escape persecution because Columbus was “secretly” a Jew some historians allege?…..with written proof BTW.

    Jews discovered America? LOL

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    Just another example of why you can’t trust these lying charlatans. You can be sure that the administration flacks will be touting this new “tough line”, just like he’s the “deporter in chief” when that is all just based on counting removals at the border when those were never counted as deportations before. And no doubt the media will get the talking points to repeat in all their “objective” news stories, which they will do without question.

    That’s how all these TPS programs start. Their advocates look you square in the eye and promise, cross their hearts, that as soon as conditions return to normal the program will end. But they never end.

    Temporary means exactly that. But if they are conceding that conditions have improved enough for deportations to resume, there is NO reason not to return those under TPS. In reality, it’s not temporary but permanent. This is very similar to the “one time” amnesty of 1986, with a lot of the usual suspects still around, like Senator and soon to be Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, assuring us there would never be another one. These four flushers always have another ace up their sleeves.