On March 8, 2021, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that the Biden White House will be giving over 300,000 Venezuelans Temporary Protected Status, thus letting them stay and work in the United States for up to 18 months.
The people eligible for the TPS must be in the States by March 8. Around “320,000 Venezuelans will be helped by the new designation.”
“The circumstances in Venezuela show a nation in chaos, unable to help its citizens,” Mayorkas said in a statement. “It is during times of temporary circumstances like these that the US comes forward to help eligible Venezuelans, while their nation tries to get out of its crises.”
Under the TPS, hundreds of thousands of people will be allowed to work and displace American workers.
While originally planned to be temporary, TPS has turned into a quasi-amnesty for illegals created under the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1990 that stops the deportation of foreign nationals from nations that have suffered through natural disasters, famine and war.
Since the Clinton White House, TPS has been changed into an amnesty program as Bush, Obama, Trump, and now Joe Biden have kept renewing and expanding the program for a variety of nations.
The situation in Venezuela is a tragedy of monumental proportions. But we are not morally obligated to open ourselves up to hundreds of thousands or millions of refugees.
Americans are still hurting from the lockdowns and there is no cause to bring in an additional pool of labor to possibly displace them.