Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Ebola Amnesty

The new justification for amnesty for West Africans?  1,000 dead from Ebola.  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced an administrative amnesty for illegal aliens from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Brietbart August 15, 2014 by Caroline May
U.S. Immigration Benefits Extended To Nationals Of Countries Battling Ebola
The agency overseeing immigration to the United States announced new immigration relief measures to nationals of the countries battling Ebola who are living in the United States.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Friday announced that immigrants from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone currently in the United States are eligible for a number of immigration benefits in the wake of the ongoing Ebola epidemic in their home countries. 

And here is the key, USCIS will "deem" an illegal alien from those countries to be here legally, so they can apply for a new status, which is illegal.  Aliens unlawfully present cannot adjust status in the United States.

According to USCIS, if requested, benefits for such immigrants include:
Change or extension of nonimmigrant status for an individual currently in the United States, even if the request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired;

And the illegal aliens will get expedited service, not expedited removal, ahead of legal immigrants and their U.S. citizen sponsors.

Expedited adjudication and approval, where possible, of requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship;
Expedited processing of immigrant petitions for immediate relatives (currently in the United States) of U.S. citizens;
Expedited adjudication of employment authorization applications, where appropriate;

And they do not have to pay the associated fees when applying for these and other benefits.

Consideration for waiver of fees associated with USCIS benefit applications.

Consideration means that the fees will be waived.  Another administrative amnesty.


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Stephen Grey said...

Generally I totally agree with you on immigration and overall I'm probably far to the right of you but it would be inhumane to send people home to die of Ebola. Perhaps it would have been better to give them an extension.

Of course the Obama administration wants more Africans here at any cost. Frankly I thought the post was going to be about unrestricted immigration from those countries, and that would not have surprised me.