The Trump government will not grant temporary protected status to people fleeing the anger of Hurricane Dorian.
The status, which is enjoyed by people who have fled from natural disasters or war-torn countries, including Syria, Somalia, El Salvador and Honduras, can be granted by the internal security department under a 1990 law.
An administrative official said the Trump government will not offer temporary status to residents of the Bahamas hoping to work and stay in the US while the country recovers from the catastrophic storm, NBC News reported.
About 300,000 people now live in the US under the status.
The Trump government does not give temporary protected status to people who fled the Bahamas to escape Hurricane Dorian. President warned of the danger that & # 39; very bad people & # 39; can enter the US
Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said the government was considering Monday status – the same day President Trump said that anyone who fled the aftermath of the Bahamas storm should have the appropriate documentation.
& # 39; There has been no formal award of TPS, & # 39; Morgan said, adding: & # 39; I think that would be appropriate to have that circumstance. & # 39;
Trump noted the same day that & # 39; we are also recovering from the hurricane & # 39; and during comments at the White House raised the threat that & # 39; bad people & # 39; entered the country.
& # 39; Look, the Bahamas & # 39; s had great problems with people who went to the Bahamas & would not be there. I do not want people who would not be in the Bahamas to come to the United States, including some very bad people and some very bad gang members and some very, very bad drug dealers, & said Trump .
& # 39; So we're going to be very, very strong at that, & # 39; he added.
Even without TPS, people from the Bahamas can try to enter the US with a temporary status, but this would not convey the ability to work here during their stay.
Deputy Home Security Minister Kevin McAleenan watches while US President Donald Trump speaks at the White House Oval Office in Washington, US, July 26, 2019. DHS
Evacuees board a ferry after leaving Marsh Harbor on the island of Abaco in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in Nassau, Bahamas on September 9, 2019
People are waiting to be evacuated to Nassau via a ferry at Marsh Harbor Port, on Abaco Island, Bahamas, Saturday, September 7, 2019
Acting Commissioner for Customs and Border Protection, Mark Morgan, said the government does not have a & # 39; mass exodus & # 39; wanted to see from the storm-hit Bahamas
Many TPS beneficiaries stayed in the US for years because their home countries recovered from disasters
The administration was concerned about the potential for a large immigration flow from the Bahamas to Florida, where many residents have family ties. The ferry from Freeport on Grand Bahama to Ft. Lauderdale can only last 2 1/2 hours.
Morgan told CNN he did not want a & # 39; mass exodus & # 39; see.
Trump has golf properties in South Florida, including his Doral course and Mar-a-Lago.
Some people may stay in the US for years after they have been granted temporary status. The government announced last month that it would extend but not re-designate TPS for Syrians living in the US. Those who already enjoy the status and live in the US can stay until March 2021.
Trump made his comments at the White House on Monday after more than 100 people trying to escape the devastation in the Bahamas were kicked from a lifeboat to Florida because they had no US visa.
Approximately 130 Bahamians in Freeport were forced to board a ferry before departing on Sunday evening after a surprise announcement had been made on board without those without visas being able to enter the US to seek refuge.
& # 39; Please, anyone who does not have an American visa, please disembark, & # 39; the announcement sounded through the loudspeaker on board, leaving Bahamians astonished and confused after initially being told that they could board with only a passport and police record.
According to information posted by the DHS on its website: & # 39; The Minister of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS due to circumstances in the country that temporarily prevent nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to adequately return its nationals. & # 39;
US Customs and Immigration & # 39; can grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries (or parts of countries) who are already in the United States. Eligible persons without nationality who have last resided in the designated country can also be granted a TPS. & # 39;
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