Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Dec. 30 Salvadoran TPS Extension Deadline

Anna Gorman writes for the Los Angeles Times:

Consular officials in Los Angeles are urging Salvadorans to renew their immigration papers by a Dec. 30 deadline to avoid risking deportation.

About 229,000 Salvadorans are eligible for temporary protected status, but only about 39%, or 90,340, have submitted applications, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

El Salvador's consul general in Los Angeles, Hector Hugo Herrera, said Tuesday he believed many haven't completed the paperwork because they cannot afford the $80 fee for the fingerprints and the $340 fee for the work permit.

"They are leaving it to the last moment because they don't have sufficient money," he said, adding that many have lost jobs or hours because of the declining economy. Click here for the rest of the story.


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Most of the Salvadorans that I know are lazy and are in the United States only to receive public assistance.

Posted by: Peter Chan | Dec 24, 2008 12:16:04 PM

When I originally read the above posting, I immediately dismissed it for it's ignorance and mean-spiritedness. However, it has stayed in my craw, and festered, because the comment is so out of context and - for lack of a better word - wicked, that I just couldn't let it stand.

Of course, I could truthfully say that I've know dozens and dozens of El Salvadorians, and I have yet to meet one that I would regard in any way as lazy, but in a sense, I feel that to respond in that context is insufficient. I say that, because it lends an element of credence to the spirit of Chan's remark, and that road is so out of bounds, that it not deserving of a rebuttal.

More to the point, the real questions that we need to be addressing are one's germane to the issues at hand, and the work ethic of El Salvadorians, or any other nationality, race, gender, etc., are not even remotely at issue. However, if they were, those factors would most heavily weigh in favor of immigration.

The issues impacting our national debate on CIR are complicated, and they are pressing. However, to allow the debate to be in any way sidetracked due to racism, bigotry, ignorance, fear, or political bias, does a disservice to the entire population of our country and our allies. Serious disagreements and serious debate are welcome and needed. Race baiting and obfuscation of the real issues are unwarranted and unwelcome.

Posted by: Robert Gittelson | Dec 25, 2008 9:20:29 AM

Plus, without Central Americans to exploit, Gittelson would have to start increasing wages and improving working conditions to attract legal workers (i.e. legal immigrants and citizens). He doesn't want to have to do THAT.

LOL, at Git's claim that we shouldn't have "race baiting" in this debate. Git, can you tell that to LaRaza, Maldef, and the other open-border groups? Anytime one disagrees with their anarchy proposals, one is called a racist, bigot, xenophobe, racial supremacist. Is race baiting and obfuscation okay when it comes from these groups?

Posted by: Ryan | Dec 26, 2008 3:19:37 PM

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