TPS. Temporary Protected Status.
The temporary part is right in the name. It was supposed to be a purely temporary measure. And then it became indefinite. An earthquake 20 years ago still allowed an increasingly permanent floating population of TPSers to remain in the United States.
Now an Obama judge is saying what we knew all along, that temporary was never actually temporary.
A federal judge late Wednesday blocked the Trump administration’s move to end Temporary Protected Status for more than 300,000 nationals from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan.
The move temporarily halts the administration’s plan to force the beneficiaries — some of whom have lived in the U.S. for decades — to find another immigration status or face deportation.
There’s lots of blather about harm being caused to them, to the businesses that employ them and to the lefty politicians they vote for. But this is about one thing. And that’s the indeportability of the illegal alien. Temporary becomes permanent. Limited becomes unlimited. That’s why any notion of a guest worker program for illegal aliens is madness. Entry and legal status in the United States is 9⁄10 of the law. Also this is a reminder of why the left is fighting so hard against Kavanaugh. They fear a law abiding Supreme Court.
Judge Chen’s decision comes as no surprise.
A federal judge cited President Trump’s alleged description of African and Caribbean nations as “sh*thole countries” Tuesday while questioning his administration’s motives for ending a program that lets immigrants from four countries live and work legally in the U.S. During a hearing in a lawsuit seeking to reinstate the program, Judge Edward Chen also cited a memo that he said suggested the decision to end it was driven by the administration’s “America First” policy.
Chen asked an attorney for the Department of Justice to respond to allegations by plaintiffs who claim that “America First” meant excluding immigrants who are not white. Chen is deciding whether to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the administration’s decision to end temporary protected status for people from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador.
There was never a decision. Only certain inevitability.
This isn’t Chen’s first rodeo.
Opponents have cited Chen’s speech in opposing his nomination to the Northern District of California.
According to the opinion, the judge was accused of remarking in a speech after the Sept. 11 attacks that he “had a sickening feeling” about “about what might happen to race relations and religious tolerance.” He also asserted that the “criminalization of immigration laws” constituted “institutionalized racism.”
And his decision is just him editorializing about his political views.
And the judge pointed to disputed comments from January, when Mr. Trumpheld a meeting at the White House on immigration and, according to some of those in the room, referred to TPS countries as “s—hole countries.”
Judge Chen said even outside of those comments, the fact that ending TPS would primarily affect “non-white, non-European individuals” makes the decision suspect.
Chen’s decision is the one that’s suspect.