Friday, October 14, 2005
On October 14, it was reported that the president of Guatemala, Oscar Berger, asked his American counterpart, George W. Bush, a special treatment for thousands of undocumented immigrants, as a way to contribute to alleviate the disaster caused by heavy rains, that left over two thousand dead and disappeared. "I told (on a telephone call) the president (Bush) that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is the best contribution he could make to our country, as a symbol to our brothers and sisters that live abroad, but that means an enormous contribution to the economy", said the Guatemalan president. "I understand that (Bush) will make his best effort. That’s what he told me", on the telephone call that he received on Thursday, when the American president gave him his condolences and promised to help in the process of reconstruction. TPS is a special permission that the United States grants to undocumented nationals of countries that suffer natural disasters or armed conflicts. Detentions and deportations are stopped during the period of protection. Thanks to Dan Kowalski for the tip!