An amnesty program enacted by the Obama administration, which allowed thousands of illegal immigrants from Ebola infested countries to reside in the United States will soon be coming to an end with Trump at the helm.
The Ebola amnesty first made headlines in November 2014 when the Department of Homeland Security gave West Africans Temporary Protected Status, known as TPS, in the United States at the height of the Ebola outbreak.
It allowed immigrants from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone who were already living in the U.S. to stay for 18 months while granting them legal status to work.
It also protected “people without nationality who last habitually resided in one of those three countries,” according to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announcement issued under Obama.
Judicial Watch reports:
Before you know it, illegal aliens who benefit from TPS for humanitarian reasons are legal residents enjoying all the generous perks—free education, food stamps, medical care, etc.—that Uncle Sam has to offer. This scenario has been repeated over the years under both Republican and Democrat administrations.
The TPS was originally intended to last for a short period of time, but it has since been extended twice, most recently in September 2016, when government officials granted a final reprieve to around 5,900 visitors from those countries.
The Obama administration claimed that there had been “significant improvements in the conditions in all three countries,” and that the “lingering effects” of Ebola and “recovery challenges” supported their proposed six-month extension, which is set to expire on May 21.
In addition, Obama’s White House also gave TPS to nearly 50,000 Haitians after the 2010 earthquake, which later was renewed twice until the end of January 2016. The secretary had reportedly determined that an extension was warranted based on there being “a substantial, but temporary, disruption of living conditions in Haiti based upon extraordinary and temporary conditions in that country that prevent Haitians who have TPS from safely returning,” according to the extension’s announcement.
However, reports are emerging that Trump is planning to put an end to the Haitian protection status, which could result in the deportation of 50,000 Haitians living in the U.S. illegally due to a natural disaster that happened several years ago.
The Trump administration also made an announcement this week that the African Ebola TPS program will be terminated for illegal immigrants from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
“To provide sufficient time for an orderly transition, the Department of Homeland Security gave beneficiaries under these three designations 8 months advance notice of the expiration by publishing 3 notices in the Federal Register on Sept. 22, 2016 (one for each country),” reads a USCIS statement issued last week. “These notices urged individuals who did not have another immigration status to use the time before the terminations became effective in May to prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States or to apply for other immigration benefits for which they may be eligible.”
The agency’s announcement further states, “The widespread transmission of Ebola virus in the three countries that led to the designations has ended.”
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