Fi­nally pulling the plug on tem­po­rary im­mi­gra­tion

Dayton Daily News - - IDEAS & VOICES - Michelle Malkin Michelle Malkin writes for Cre­ators Syn­di­cate.

Cry­ing “hate” is a lazy way to de­bate. But in the Belt­way, where hon­est dis­cus­sion and vig­or­ous de­lib­er­a­tion are des­per­ately needed, the rhetor­i­cal sloth is so thick you need a Big Foot cir­cu­lar saw to cut it.

Take Min­nesota Demo­cratic Rep. Il­han Omar, who thrust a Liberian im­mi­grant, Linda Clark, into the lime­light as her State of the Union spe­cial guest and poster child. “She has lived here over 18 years,” Rep. Omar lamented, “and there’s no rea­son she should be taken from her fam­ily.” Ahead of the an­nual ad­dress to Congress on Tues­day, Rep. Omar blasted Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump for “threat­en­ing to de­port” Clark and “thou­sands of Liberi­ans for no rea­son other than hate.”

Sigh. This is why the White House can­not deal in good faith with the un­rea­son­able party of “abol­ish ICE!” “no walls!” “amnesty for all!” and “de­por­ta­tion equals hate!”

The Democrats have weaponized Amer­ica’s grace against it­self.

There is a very sim­ple rea­son that Omar’s SOTU guest and hun­dreds of thou­sands like her from 10 dif­fer­ent coun­tries have been threat­ened with de­por­ta­tion. They were al­lowed to en­ter, stay and work here be­cause of the ex­tra­or­di­nary gen­eros­ity of the United States of Amer­ica. And now, af­ter decades of our govern­ment’s largesse, their time is fi­nally up.

The Tem­po­rary Pro­tected Sta­tus and De­ferred En­forced De­par­ture pro­grams were es­tab­lished as part of the Im­mi­gra­tion Act of 1990, signed by Repub­li­can Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush. The idea was to cre­ate an or­derly way to deal com­pas­sion­ately with for­eign­ers who could not re­turn to their home coun­tries due to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, hur­ri­canes, en­vi­ron­men­tal catas­tro­phes, civil war, epi­demics and other “ex­tra­or­di­nary and tem­po­rary con­di­tions.”

TPS de­signees won three­year re­new­able passes to live and work here, travel freely and en­joy im­mu­nity from de­ten­tion or de­por­ta­tion. Par­tic­i­pants were orig­i­nally re­quired to pro­vide proof that they ar­rived here on an el­i­gi­ble date, com­mit­ted no more than two mis­de­meanors and no felonies and main­tained a con­tin­u­ous pres­ence in the coun­try. But the pro­grams are dan­ger­ously rife with unchecked doc­u­ment fraud, in­clud­ing un­known num­bers of TPS win­ners who have used mul­ti­ple aliases and faked their coun­try of ori­gin to qual­ify.

And with­out a fully func­tion­ing bio­met­ric en­tryexit data­base in place to track tem­po­rary for­eign vis­i­tors, there’s no way to track all the TPS en­rollees.

These “tem­po­rary” amnesties have be­come end­less, in­ter­minable res­i­dency plans for unlawful bor­der crossers, visa over­stay­ers and de­por­ta­tion evaders from around the world. They are not, and never were, en­ti­tled to be here. En­try into our coun­try is a priv­i­lege, not a right. That’s not “hate­ful.” It’s the stance that ev­ery mod­ern, in­dus­tri­al­ized sov­er­eign na­tion takes to­ward nonci­t­i­zens.

Trump is the first com­man­der in chief to chal­lenge the tem­po­rary-in-name-only farce since the cre­ation of the pro­gram. At least 3,700 Liberi­ans like Clark have been here since 1991 on TPS be­cause of civil wars that ended 16 years ago. Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton first or­dered De­ferred En­forced De­par­ture (dis­cre­tionary de­por­ta­tion de­lays) for this group in 1999, ar­gu­ing that the coun­try was still un­sta­ble. Nine­teen years later, af­ter mul­ti­ple ex­ten­sions by Pres­i­dents Bush and Obama, Trump fi­nally de­ter­mined that it was safe for these guests to re­turn to their home­land.

If Pres­i­dent Trump can’t pull the plug on this in­ter­minable cha­rade, no one can. Once again, my old adage will prove true: There is no such thing as a “tem­po­rary” amnesty.

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