In a move that has raised concerns among conservatives, Joe Biden is pushing to expand Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which would allow approximately 500,000 undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States and work legally. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas justifies this decision by claiming that it is too dangerous for these individuals to return to their home countries.
The specifics of this expansion target around 472,000 undocumented immigrants from Venezuela who entered the country between March 2021 and July 31, 2023.
This decision comes at a time when illegal border crossings have reached unprecedented levels. In the fiscal year 2022, a staggering 2.2 million undocumented immigrants were apprehended while attempting to cross the southern border. Over the past week alone, an average of 9,000 migrants have been crossing the southern border daily.
This surge in undocumented immigration has significant implications for American workers. Last year, an astonishing one in five workers in the United States were born to non-U.S. citizen parents, marking a record-high share of the workforce.
Furthermore, the Biden administration recently announced its plans to expand TPS to include individuals from Afghanistan who arrived in the United States between May 2022 and September 20, 2023.
Notably, Fox News’ Bill Melugin, a respected reporter known for his coverage of the border crisis, expressed his concerns about this decision, stating on social media:
“I’m also hearing from Border Patrol agents who are groaning about this news, saying it will just make the problem worse and attract more Venezuelans to the border who will hope for a new TPS redesignation next year.”
This move to expand TPS is undoubtedly stirring debate among conservatives, who worry about its impact on border security, the American workforce, and the broader immigration landscape.