Senate Democrats: Americans 'Have Obligation' to Give Illegal Immigrants Amnesty
Dem group says US citizens are obliged to give amnesty to illegals who 'earned the right'
A group of Senate Democrats led by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has called for amnesty to be offered to potentially millions of illegal immigrants who are already living in the United States.
The group claims that American citizens “have an obligation” to give amnesty to foreign nationals living in the US because they have “earned the right” to be in this country.
Senate Dems are now demanding the Senate follows the recent move by House Democrats, and seven House Republicans, who passed an expansive amnesty to any illegal immigrant who claims they entered the US as a child.
Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) are urging the GOP-controlled Senate to pass their amnesty plan.
The proposal gives nearly half a million foreign nationals living on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the US a pathway to American citizenship.
According to Breitbart, Sen. Cardin said in a statement that Americans are obligated to give foreign nationals permanent legal residency and eventually U.S. citizenship via an amnesty. According to Cardin:
"These individuals have lawfully lived and worked in the U.S. as our neighbors, as they sought refuge in the U.S.
"We have an obligation to take action and give needed predictability and safety to people who are in an uncertain status.
"We need to stand up for the American values of compassion and diversity that have made this country stronger." [Emphasis added]
Feinstein said the 440,000 foreign nationals who would receive the amnesty have “earned the right” to permanently stay in the U.S.
“The Senate needs to follow the House’s lead and pass these important protections for immigrant families who have been living and working in the United States for decades,” Feinstein said.
“After fleeing wars and natural disasters, these families have established deep roots in our communities and earned the right to remain together here in the United States.”
TPS has become a quasi-amnesty for otherwise illegal aliens created under the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1990 (INA) that prevents the deportation of foreign nationals from countries that have suffered through famine, war, or natural disasters.
Since the Clinton administration, TPS has been transformed into a de facto amnesty program as the Bush, Obama, and now Trump administrations have continuously renewed the program for a variety of countries.
Every year, the U.S. admits more than 1.2 million mostly low-skilled legal immigrants who compete in the labor market for jobs against poor, working and middle-class Americans.
About 70 percent of legal immigrants enter through the process known as “chain migration,” where newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the country with them.
Chain migration, alone, has brought about 10 million foreign nationals to the U.S. since 2005.