While much of the nation was focused on the ongoing impeachment charade, Congress pushed through an omnibus spending bill that will grant amnesty and a pathway to citizenship for thousands of illegal aliens. The president intends to sign that bill, but its unclear if he’s even aware of what is inside it.
The bill, the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, is an omnibus spending bill manipulatively named to prevent conservative voters from understanding the full breadth of what is included. Taken at face value, by its title alone, the bill would appear to strictly deal with funding our military budget. Unfortunately, that’s not the full picture.
Tucked inside the bill, in a passage included by Democrat senators Tina Smith of Minnesota and Jack Reed of Rhode Island, is an amnesty package which provides Liberians who have been in the country illegally since 2014 eligibility to apply for green cards and citizenship. More troubling is the fact that Senator Jim Risch, a Republican from Idaho, seems to have played a role in slipping this pathway to citizenship into the bill.
Last week, Trump took to Twitter to proclaim that he would sign the “defense funding” bill, but the White House has remained silent about their views on the amnesty provision. It’s unclear whether the president is aware of the pathway to citizenship for Liberian illegals, or if he simply is willing sign this bill regardless.
In the early 1990s, thousands of Liberian “visitors” found themselves in a bit of a predicament: their homeland was in the midst of a civil war. Legally, all of these people subject to deportation and had overstayed visas that forbid them from working.
Many of these visitors arrived in a dishonest fashion, knowing full well they were skirting the refugee and asylum process, admitting to looking for work while their papers had them listed as taking a vacation.
In the interest of responding fairly to those struggling with a humanitarian crisis, the Immigration Act of 1990 created a special designation now known as “Temporary Protected Status”.
While both the civil war and Ebola crisis have since ended in Liberia, thousands of Liberians remain in the United States. President Trump has pushed for their removal on numerous occasions and he has repeatedly relented and extended their protection status.
Once he signs this bill, they’ll be living here permanently. Are you tired of winning yet?