Welcome to America Where Temporary Means Permanent

In line with its immigration enforcement agenda, the Trump administration recently announced that it is ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaraguan nationals. It has also signaled that it will consider ending TPS for Haitian, Honduran, and Salvadoran nationals.

TPS is a form of short-term protection granted to foreign nationals who are unable to return home due to a natural disaster, civil unrest, or violence affecting their native country. Enacted by Congress in 1990, the program is open to legal, as well as illegal, aliens. As the name implies, Congress represented the program as a way to provide provisional assistance to foreigners in dire straits, who would be sent home when the situation in their home country improved.

In reality, TPS has proven to be anything but temporary. At present, TPS has been granted to approximately 400,000 individuals from at least ten countries. Many of those individuals were given protection in the late 1990s or early 2000s. Yet they are still in the United States today with TPS – despite the fact that the circumstances which allegedly prevented them from going home are long over.

The open borders lobby has been predictably incensed at President Trump’s willingness to implement our immigration laws, as written. And they have advanced the same tired arguments in defense of foreign nationals in the United States on borrowed time: “These folks have been here for years, how can we send them home?” To hear the politically correct, multi-cultural elite talk, the only requirement for immigrating to the United States is to show up and grace us with your presence – whether we invited you or not.

Unsurprisingly, Congress’s response has not been to defend the interests of the American public – national security, public safety, and economic stability. Instead, Democrats and Republicans have jointly proposed a bill called the ASPIRE Act, that would allow every person holding TPS prior to January 1, 2017 to apply for a green card. In short, if passed, the bill would turn TPS into a giant amnesty program.

But the insanity wouldn’t end there: Because the bulk of immigration to the U.S. is based on family relationships, our immigration law suffers from a problem known as “chain migration.” That means that every TPS recipient who obtained a green card would then be able to sponsor multiple relatives to immigrate to America.

And with the promise of possible amnesty hanging in the air, every minor natural disaster will now bring crowds of foreign nationals rushing toward our borders, hoping to obtain TPS as the golden ticket that leads to a permanent stay in the U.S. So much for temporary….

Meanwhile, most average Americans are just wondering, when will figure out the simple principle that nearly every parent understands intuitively? When you reward bad behavior, you just get more bad behavior.

About Author


Matthew J. O’Brien joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats. He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.


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    “The draining of a massive aquifer that underlies portions of eight states in the central US is drying up streams, causing fish to disappear and threatening the livelihood of farmers who rely on it for their crops. An analysis of federal data found the Ogallala aquifer shrank twice as fast over the last six years compared with the prior 60, the Denver Post reports. The drawdown has become so severe that streams are drying at a rate of six miles per year and some highly resilient fish are disappearing. ”

    The more our population increases, and the increases are fueled mainly by immigration, the more pressure on our water supplies. And where is the Sierra Club and other environmental advocates? Oh that’s right, they’re busy calling anyone who wants to limit immigration a racist. The “greening of hate” as a Sierra Club official called it.

    New Delhi India has a pollution problem so severe that it’s equivalent to people smoking a couple packs of cigarettes a day. The globalist free traders and mass immigration advocates, and the NY Times editorial page is full of them, always talk about the “India Miracle” because their total GDP increases every year, without pointing out that it’s the result of massive population increases. They now have 1.3 billion people and most people live a polluted overcrowded miserable existence without even access to clean water.

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      Carmen L. Blair on

      It’s not just our quality of life that is in danger,;animals and birds in remaining wilderness and natural habitats are threatened with more human encroachment. It seems every day someone in Congress puts forward a new bill that will increase our population. There is stealth involved.With every attempt by our president,attorney general ,various responsible law enforcement and government officials to get control of our immigration system ,enforce the law and reduce overall numbers,there is a plan to legislate or sue in opposition to their efforts. Now there is an effort to turn TPS into a big green card giveaway.While most Americans have heard about DACA, I wonder how many are even aware that Washington politicians from both parties are trying to sneak into passage this Aspire Act.