Thursday, April 21, 2022

DHS Mayorkas Rewards 40,000 Economic Migrants from Cameroon; Biden Administration Protects Cameroonians in the U.S. From Deportation, Offers Work Permits

DHS Mayorkas Rewards 40,000 Economic Migrants from Cameroon:
President Joe Biden’s pro-migration border chief is rewarding roughly 40,000 African economic migrants by granting them work permits and legal status.
The decision announced Friday to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to the migrants from Cameroon will help to extract more African workers, consumers, and renters for use in the U.S. economy, even as at least 10 million American men lack jobs.
“The United States recognizes the ongoing armed conflict in Cameroon, and we will provide temporary protection to those in need,” said a statement from Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas:
Cameroonian nationals currently residing in the U.S. who cannot safely return due to the extreme violence perpetrated by government forces and armed separatists, and a rise in attacks led by Boko Haram, will be able to remain and work in the United States until conditions in their home country improve.
The 18-month TPS benefit will likely be extended for many years, just like prior awards to illegal migrants from Central America.
Republican legislators rarely push back against the TPS program, because the program delivers more consumers, renters, and workers to businesses in their districts.
A trickle of Cameroonians entered the United States during President Donald Trump’s tenure. The migrants asked for asylum from fighting in their African homeland. But their asylum claims are legally very weak because international law requires refugees to seek sanctuary in the first safe country they reach — and the Cameroonians traveled through many safe countries to reach the United States. --->READ MORE HERE
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Biden administration protects Cameroonians in the U.S. from deportation, offers work permits:
The Biden administration on Friday announced it will offer Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to more than 10,000 immigrants from Cameroon in the U.S., protecting them from deportation and allowing them to work legally due to the ongoing armed conflict in the African country.
Once it is open for applications, the TPS program will allow Cameroonians who have lived in the U.S. as of April 14 to obtain work permits and deportation protections for 18 months if they meet the eligibility requirements and pass background checks.
A 1990 law authorizes the U.S. government to create TPS programs for immigrants who are undocumented or have temporary status if the U.S. determines their home country cannot safely accept the return of its citizens because of war, natural disasters or other "extraordinary" conditions.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said the TPS designation for Cameroon was justified because of the years-old conflict between the Cameroonian government and armed separatist groups in the country's Anglophone regions in the west. The fighting has killed 4,000 civilians, according to Human Rights Watch.
DHS also cited an increase in attacks by Boko Haram, an Islamist terrorist group in Africa. The conditions, DHS said, have fostered "extreme violence," decimated Cameroon's infrastructure, fueled economic turmoil and food insecurity and displaced hundreds of thousands of Cameroonians. --->READ MORE HERE
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