Despite President Donald Trump's assertion that undocumented foreign workers take away jobs from American citizens, the administration is extending work permits for six months for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from El Salvador who receive Temporary Protected Status (TPS), The Daily Caller reported on Monday.
TPS, which is a designation for countries whose situation is considered too dangerous for its residents to return to, lasts for 18 months, but can be renewed by the secretary of Homeland Security.
El Salvador is currently one of 13 countries whose citizens are eligible to receive TPS, which in addition to work permits, entitles them to welfare, drivers licenses, social security, and protection from deportation. TPS for an estimated nearly 200,000 El Salvadorans is scheduled to end in March 2018 and work permits are due to expire this Thursday.
But instead of letting the work permits to run out, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services acting director is allowing the automatic extension of them through Sept. 9, 2017.
Center for Immigration Studies executive director Mark Krikorian explained to The Daily Caller that "this notice seems routine," because the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services "can't process the TPS renewals fast enough, so they're extending the work permits so people whose renewals haven't been processed yet don't lose their work authorization in the interim."
Although Trump reiterated many of his hard-line immigration themes in his speech to Congress last week that were a hallmark of his presidential campaign and he has already ordered the building of a Mexican border wall and ramped up the deportation of those residing illegally in the U.S., The New York Times reported that the president has privately indicated he may ease up on some of his policies.
Trump told television news anchors at a luncheon at the White House that that he was open to granting legal status to millions of illegal immigrants who have not committed serious crimes, as long as there is compromise on both sides for an immigration bill, according to people in attendance who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the meeting, the Times reported.
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