Obama Grants Haitians Temporary Protected Status

Some good news. The Obama Administration has decided, at least temporarily, to grant Temporary Protected Status to Haitians illegally in the U.S.

The protection is only available to Haitians already in the country as of last Tuesday, and allows them to stay and work for 18 months.

[Homeland Security Director Janet]Napolitano told reporters that the temporary legal status is an act of compassion....Temporary protected status is granted to foreigners who may not be able to return safely to their country because of a natural disaster, armed conflict or other reasons.

The ruling could affect 100,000 to 200,000 Haitians in the U.S.

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    NPR sd. approx. 200,000 Haitians here (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Sat Jan 16, 2010 at 01:48:48 AM EST
    without documentation.  Heck of a job, U.S. Immigration and State Dept.  

    Easy now Oc... (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by kdog on Sat Jan 16, 2010 at 07:28:36 AM EST
    If they did their jobs to your satisfaction, those 200k souls would be in cages or amongst the devastation in Haiti.

    I, for one, am glad so many slip through the immigration cracks...the alternative is more authoritarianism, more midnight ICE raids, more pain and suffering.  No thanks, the world has enough of all of that.


    Oh, I agree with you. (none / 0) (#3)
    by oculus on Sat Jan 16, 2010 at 10:46:31 AM EST
    Sorry... (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by kdog on Sat Jan 16, 2010 at 11:05:03 AM EST
    thought you were callin' the immigration man a slacker.

    If we can't do right, we may as well slack at doing wrong:)


    I wasn't thinking of deportation. My (none / 0) (#5)
    by oculus on Sat Jan 16, 2010 at 11:33:17 AM EST
    initial comment was expressing my surprise at how ineffective U.S. government is at keeping Dominicans from entering U.S. w/o documentation.  Shows my west coastness.