Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, says the president could try to use Temporary Protected Status as a way to give illegal immigrants permanent status disguised as a temporary fix.
Temporary Protected Status is a federal program for foreign nationals currently in the United States whose homelands are considered unsafe to return to because of war or natural disasters.
This status is considered a temporary program that lasts around a year to 18 months. But critics say it's renewed year after year. There are currently six countries under the program: Burundi, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia and Sudan.
“Mark my words," Krikorian wrote in a blog post on the center's webpage. "As it becomes increasingly clear that no amnesty will be forthcoming from Congress this year, expect a rising chorus of demands from both the Left and the rope-selling Right that the president circumvent Congress and use his popularity to "fix" the immigration problem this way.”
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