Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Family Values

Via the Washington Post:

The Trump administration announced Monday that it will terminate the provisional residency permits of about 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived in the country since at least 2001, leaving them to face deportation.

The administration said it will give the Salvadorans until Sept. 9, 2019, to leave the United States or find a way to obtain a green card, according to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security. After earthquakes hit the country in 2001, Salvadorans were granted what is known as Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, and their permits have been renewed on an 18-month basis since then.

This means that they will be deporting American citizens — a lot of the Salvadoreans had children born here — and sending them back to a country they’ve never been to.

There are shameful examples in our history of turning on immigrants, usually by those who were one generation removed from being immigrants themselves, and in the last 100 years we saw the consequences of turning away people and sending them back, many to their death.

Even if there is a legal hold put on this, and I can’t imagine that there won’t be, it is still an attack on the basic American value and tradition of providing a safe haven for those seeking refuge from disaster, either natural or political.  It is a large part of the reason this country exists in the first place.  At least it used to be.

One bark on “Family Values

  1. Brown people. The next to go will be Haitians, Nicaraguans and Salvadorians who were given sanctuary after fire, flood and earthquake tore up their lives as did the murderous overlords who put them and their children’s lives in danger. And Trumpists are fine with that. One of the reasons they voted for him was in the hopes he’d get rid of all those Others.

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