The president of El Salvador Elias Antonio Saca appeared at the National Press Club Jan. 7 to chat up the renewal of TPS for 250,000 Salvadorans for another 18 months (until Sept. 9, 2006).
TPS is a non-permanent amnesty awarded on the basis of a nation's natural disasters which for some reason preclude its illegal aliens from being repatriated. (Say, wouldn't these willing workers be helpful in rebuilding the earthquake-damaged country?)
El Salvador's major claim to fame these days is as the home of the ultra-violent Mara Salvatrucha gang (aka MS-13), recently linked to al Qaeda. Gangsters covered by the TPS provisions will now be able to concentrate on their criminal and terrorist activities without worrying about annoying deportations.
Once again, the Bush administration's open-borders expediency is endangering every one of us.
El Presidente Saca was not shy in declaring that his purpose was to wangle American citizenship for his expats (and everyone else, as it happens).
"We are working for permanent legalization of those people who are living in the U.S." he declared.
Salvador may be an insignificant backwater but its leaders have learned a few tricks from neighboring Mexico, the avaricious champ of human dumping for fun and profit.
In fact, PBS calls remittances "El Salvador's biggest industry." Salvadoran officials estimate their dutiful TPSers alone remitted nearly $1 billion last year, a substantial chunk of the nation's total remittance loot of $2.5 billion.
Incidentally, El Salvador is one of the most densely populated countries in the Western Hemisphere. I recall Vdare.com writer Linda Thom comparing Salvador to the sci-fi overpopulation film Soylent Green—at a special CAPS showing attended by star Charlton Heston.
Linda explained that her visit to Salvador included a lot of stepping over people jammed in everywhere, just like in the film.
El Presidente Tony ended his press conference with a perfect summation:
"My purpose is to gain the permanency of these people in the U.S. ... TPS is good but it is only temporary."
On cue, the Haitian contingent of the Gimme Lobby piped up in the press with a "Hey, what about us! We got disasters too!"