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After TPS Granted for Haitian Immigrants, Groups Rush to Demonize, Demagogue

by Mahwish Khan on 01/27/2010 at 10:16am

Earlier this month, President Obama and a bipartisan group of members of Congress did the right thing by granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian immigrants already in the United States. Granting TPS was a welcome and timely move that reinforced American values at a time of great international turmoil.

It was a move that we, and many other organizations, applauded with the advertisement to the right, which appeared in Roll Call last Thursday, January 21st.   

Since then, as Andrea Nill at the Wonk Room points out, anti-immigration policy organizations and anti-immigration legislators began spouting nonsense like, “Haiti’s So Screwed Up Because It Wasn’t Colonized Long Enough” and “Undocumented Haitians Should Be Deported, Haiti In ‘Great Need Of Relief Workers” immediately following the tragedy. Blogger Duke at The Sanctuary quotes the anti-immigration “think tank” director, Mark Krikorian, in “Krikorian: Problem with Haiti- slavery ended too soon.”

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