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    Exclamation Massive spending bill contains citizenship path for migrant Liberians

    @Danke must be ecstatic...and the displacement continues, unabated.



    U.S. citizenship path for thousands of Liberians tucked in spending bill

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKBN1YM277

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thousands of Liberian immigrants without permanent legal status in the United States will be eligible to apply for green cards and eventual U.S. citizenship under the terms of a defense spending bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

    The pathway to citizenship - even for a relatively small cohort of immigrants - is a victory for pro-migrant activists and lawmakers who pushed for citizenship for Liberians covered by temporary deportation relief programs.

    The legalization, which protects Liberians who have been in the country since 2014, is the first of its kind in nearly two decades, according to immigration experts.

    U.S. President Donald Trump has attempted to phase out most enrollment in humanitarian immigration programs such as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), which are offered at the discretion of the administration. Liberians have been protected both by TPS and DED.

    Trump unexpectedly postponed a winding down of DED protections for Liberians earlier this year, pushing back the end date until March 2020.

    In that announcement, Trump cited the “unique” history of Liberia, a nation founded in 1847 by freed American slaves.

    A pair of Democratic U.S. senators, Tina Smith of Minnesota and Jack Reed of Rhode Island, pressed to include the provision for Liberians in the $738 billion National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA. Minnesota had the largest population of Liberian immigrants of any U.S. state in 2018, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

    In an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, Smith said the provision also had support from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch, a Republican from Idaho.

    “This was one place where I think we were able to get bipartisan agreement,” she said.

    Risch’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    The defense spending bill now will require Trump’s approval to become law.

    Trump wrote on Twitter last week that he would sign the bill as soon as it passes, saying it included all his priorities. The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the legalization provision.

    Under the terms of the bill, Liberians may apply for permanent residency if they have maintained a continuous presence in the United States since Nov. 20, 2014, when the Obama administration approved TPS for the country following an Ebola outbreak. The time frame includes Liberians covered by that TPS designation and the DED program.

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has estimated 4,000 Liberians would have been covered by Temporary Protected Status in 2014. Spouses and children of the eligible population also will be permitted to apply for permanent residency, which could push that estimate higher.

    Famatta Zeon, a 44-year-old supervisor with U.S. Bank in Minneapolis who left Liberia for the United States in 2001 during that country’s civil war, is one person who could benefit from the measure.

    “We are here, we’re good citizens, we’re paying our taxes,” said Zeon, who has three U.S.-citizen children. “We’re doing everything that the country wants us to do.”



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    Famatta Zeon, a 44-year-old supervisor with U.S. Bank in Minneapolis who left Liberia for the United States in 2001 during that country’s civil war, is one person who could benefit from the measure.

    “We are here, we’re good citizens, we’re paying our taxes,” said Zeon, who has three U.S.-citizen children. “We’re doing everything that the country wants us to do.”
    Well, there you go. What more could you want? They must be model citizens. Probably libertarians too coming from Liberia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    Makes perfect sense to me...
    Science!
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    Anybody have the numbers Trump vs Obama on this? Bluster aside?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Origanalist View Post
    Anybody have the numbers Trump vs Obama on this? Bluster aside?
    The Trump administration’s decision to reduce this year’s refugee cap to a record-low 18,000 people is just one step in its broader plan to shrink the program and make it harder for any future administration to quickly resume accepting refugees




    President Trump on Friday set a cap for the U.S. to accept just 18,000 refugees this fiscal year, marking the lowest number since the modern refugee system was created nearly 40 years ago.
    The president also announced major changes to the way the refugee program runs, creating a set-aside of 5,000 slots for refugees fleeing religious persecution, 4,000 for Iraqis and 1,500 for key Central American partner countries. Those all count against the 18,000 cap.
    The number, which the administration had signaled in late September but was made official by Trump’s determination, has been criticized by both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill, who said the U.S. has an obligation to accept more refugees.
    Administration officials, though, argue that the U.S. already has a massive asylum backlog that it needs to work through. Refugees are those who are awarded humanitarian protections while they are outside the U.S. Asylees are those who make it to U.S. soil and then request protection from their home countries.
    But Homeland Security officials say the same adjudicators work both types of cases, and they have been overwhelmed by the surge of asylum-seekers at the border, so cutting the number of refugee cases is justified in order to give the officers a chance to eat into the backlog.


    “The admission of up to 18,000 refugees to the United States during Fiscal Year 2020 is justified by humanitarian concerns or is otherwise in the national interest,” Mr. Trump said in announcing the new number.
    At 18,000, the cap is 12,000 lower than Mr. Trump set for fiscal year 2019, and it’s a major reduction from the 110,000 refugee target the Obama administration tried to set for 2017.

    More at: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news...ugee-cap-ever/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    The Trump administration’s decision to reduce this year’s refugee cap to a record-low 18,000 people is just one step in its broader plan to shrink the program and make it harder for any future administration to quickly resume accepting refugees




    President Trump on Friday set a cap for the U.S. to accept just 18,000 refugees this fiscal year, marking the lowest number since the modern refugee system was created nearly 40 years ago.
    The president also announced major changes to the way the refugee program runs, creating a set-aside of 5,000 slots for refugees fleeing religious persecution, 4,000 for Iraqis and 1,500 for key Central American partner countries. Those all count against the 18,000 cap.
    The number, which the administration had signaled in late September but was made official by Trump’s determination, has been criticized by both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill, who said the U.S. has an obligation to accept more refugees.
    Administration officials, though, argue that the U.S. already has a massive asylum backlog that it needs to work through. Refugees are those who are awarded humanitarian protections while they are outside the U.S. Asylees are those who make it to U.S. soil and then request protection from their home countries.
    But Homeland Security officials say the same adjudicators work both types of cases, and they have been overwhelmed by the surge of asylum-seekers at the border, so cutting the number of refugee cases is justified in order to give the officers a chance to eat into the backlog.


    “The admission of up to 18,000 refugees to the United States during Fiscal Year 2020 is justified by humanitarian concerns or is otherwise in the national interest,” Mr. Trump said in announcing the new number.
    At 18,000, the cap is 12,000 lower than Mr. Trump set for fiscal year 2019, and it’s a major reduction from the 110,000 refugee target the Obama administration tried to set for 2017.

    More at: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news...ugee-cap-ever/
    Does that include "migrants" coming over invited or not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Origanalist View Post
    Does that include "migrants" coming over invited or not?
    That's just the refugee program.

    Trump has massively reduced the numbers coming across the border and almost completely stopped giving them asylum or releasing them in this country after they are caught.

    I try to keep track of it in this thread:

    POTUS to pursue an aggressive executive crackdown on immigration

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