The mainstream media is up in arms because the Trump administration refuses to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to tens of thousands of Bahamians whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Dorian.
Once again, reporters are demonstrating total ignorance of how US law is written, when it comes to who can or cannot move to America at taxpayer expense. By every available metric, we know that the wealth the American taxpayers would be more wisely applied to aiding Bahamians in the Bahamas rather than moving them all here.
But the left wants to play on Americans’ goodwill and generosity once again by suckering us into suspending the law for foreigners.
No one in the Bahamas qualifies for Temporary Protected Status under the law because they are in the Bahamas. That’s a key feature of this humanitarian US law. If a person is visiting the United States on a tourist or work visa while their house back home is flattened by a hurricane, earthquake or war, they can apply for and receive TPS.
We don’t force lawful visitors to go home when they suddenly find themselves without a house to go back to. TPS does not apply to anyone who is not first inside the United States when applying for it. That’s the law.
The American taxpayers are sick and tired of being the world’s piggy bank for nations that are incapable of caring for their own people. We have been the most generous nation in the entire history of the world, and yet that generosity is never reciprocated.
We have more homeless Americans in the city of Los Angeles right now than there are in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian. How many nations are lining up to help us with that problem? H
as France offered to provide shelter to several thousand Los Angelenos, in order to help the US government deal with the problem? Of course not. No nation has. If we were to ask another country to help us, the universal answer would be, “That’s your problem, not ours. We’ve got to take care of our own people.”
Imagine a massive earthquake in San Diego that left tens of thousands of Americans without homes. Would Mexico open her arms to welcome them in, offering them cash welfare and roofs over their heads? Again, of course not.
Mexico’s response would be a mass mobilization of troops to defend its border. San Diego County would suddenly have the most secure section of the border in the entire world and no one would get through. But America is somehow always supposed to open her arms anytime any person, anywhere else in the world, feels like moving here.
Another reason why the Trump administration should not allow TPS for displaced Bahamians is that the federal government is notorious for ignoring the ‘T’ – for TEMPORARY – in TPS.
We still have 86,000 Hondurans living in America under temporary status following Hurricane Mitch, which happened in 1999. How does “temporary” always get turned into “permanent” under this system?
The Trump administration has attempted to finally end TPS for hundreds of thousands of foreigners from Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti, Sudan and Nepal. These people have been here for decades and, surprise! None of them want to go home.
And the federal government has never been eager to tell them to go home, despite allowing them to be a massive drain on American social services for decades. Now that the Trump administration is finally attempting to end TPS for these people, the out-of-control judiciary is breaking the law to keep them here.
Federal law states that there is to be “no judicial review” if the Department of Homeland Security determines that it’s time for persons under temporary status to go home. Apparently, the words “no judicial review” are as confusing for federal judges as the words “shall not be infringed” in the Second Amendment.
A single federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from finally sending hundreds of thousands of TPS holders back home because a couple of them sued for the right to stay here. So much for “no judicial review.”
The Trump administration should stand its ground in refusing to move displaced Bahamians to the US. Our generosity has been abused far too much by the TPS system, in direct violation of black letter law. If we let them in, the federal government will never tell them it’s time to go back home.