No matter how much sympathy we may have for the plight of Venezuelans as their country is in turmoil, it is nuts to consider offering their citizens (who happen to be in the US at the moment) Temporary Protected Status.
First, because they will never go home! TPS is NOT temporary! That is what we have learned about all of the other countries over the years whose nationals—whether from El Salvador, Haiti, or Liberia—were allowed to stay until the crisis passed in their home country.
Under TPS, they will be able to live and work here as legal residents for 18 months.
However, that status is simply renewed time and time again.
They put down roots, buy houses, get work permits, get drivers’ licenses, send kids to school, and probably vote!, and then scream bloody murder when told the crisis is over in their home country and they must go home.
We thought Trump understood that as he attempts to send some of those backdoor ‘new Americans’ home! I guess not!
And, by the way, the TPS designation is a magnet for more to come.
Technically TPS recipients are supposed to already be in the US when the designation is made, but you can bet more slip in and claim they were here earlier. Indeed just the mention of this window of opportunity must be encouraging Venezuelans to get here at this very moment, ASAP!