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    A caravan of TPS immigrants already living in the U.S. has arrived in Miami

    A caravan of immigrants already living in the U.S. has arrived in Miami

    BY BRENDA MEDINA
    bmedina@miamiherald.com
    October 24, 2018 07:45 PM
    Updated 3 hours 11 minutes ago

    The federal government presented a plan to temporarily extend Temporary Protected Status for thousands of immigrants, in response to a court order that blocked the Trump administration’s plan to end that protection.

    The government’s plan ensures that more than 300,000 TPS beneficiaries from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador will continue to have legal status and permission to work in the United States as long as the court order remains in effect. The protection would continue for at least six more months if the court order is reversed through an appeals process.


    The beneficiaries immediately affected by the ruling are the Sudanese, whose TPS status was scheduled to end on Nov. 2. Nicaraguans faced a January deadline. Both groups will now receive TPS extensions.


    The government’s plan comes as a caravan of TPS beneficiaries and immigration activists travel the country on a bus, knocking on the doors of politicians’ offices and organizing events and press conferences. The members of the caravan organized by the National TPS Alliance, who advocate a solution that grants permanent status for immigrants, were received by local organizations on Wednesday in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood.

    Marleine Bastien, director of FANM, joins members of the National TPS Alliance at the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami.
    Alexia Fodere For the Miami Herald


    “We are on the caravan to uplift TPS recipients and to show the administration that we are not scared,” William Martinez, 26, who is from El Salvador, told a crowd in Little Haiti. Martinez, who came to the U.S. in late 2000, was among 17 immigrants who arrived Wednesday as part of their efforts to get the Trump administration to reverse its decision to end the immigration benefit.

    While he welcomed the court ruling blocking the administration from making plans to deport TPS holders, Martinez, who boarded the bus in Minnesota, said it has no bearing on the caravan. The bus, named Libertad (Liberty), is scheduled to arrive in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 9.

    “We are not going to stop,” he said.

    In early October, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen granted a preliminary injunction preventing the government and the Department of Homeland Security from ending TPS.

    Chen issued the injunction as part of a lawsuit in California, filed by lawyers representing a group of TPS beneficiaries from Haiti, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Sudan, who have children born in the United States. A spokesman for the Justice Department said then that Chen’s order “usurps the role of the executive branch.”


    Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and a private law firm requested a temporary ban, arguing that the government’s decision to terminate the program was motivated by racism and negatively affects immigrant families.


    On Wednesday, lawyers and representatives of the groups involved in the lawsuit said the government’s plan is a temporary relief. But they warned that they must wait for the authorities to publish the details of the plan in the Federal Register in order to have a clearer idea of how it will be implemented.


    “The order requires the government to maintain the current TPS status while the lawsuit is pending in court ... this will be done through extensions,” said Emi McLean, NDLON legal co-director.


    “To be clear, this doesn’t mean that the administration is having second thoughts, there is nothing humanitarian about this. They were simply forced by the court to do this,“ said McLean, who stressed that the Trump administration appealed Chen’s order immediately.

    Chen’s decision did not include the citizens of Nepal or Honduras, who are also beneficiaries of the program. The government had not announced the termination of the program for those countries when the lawsuit was filed in California. A separate lawsuit in Boston represents Hondurans, Salvadorans and Haitians. Earlier this summer, another federal judge blocked the government’s efforts to dismiss the lawsuit.


    Work permits


    The government must publish the notice before Nov. 2 in the Federal Register to clarify that work permits and other documents of TPS beneficiaries remain valid, even though the date on them has expired.

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    “The existing work permits, along with the Federal Register notice, must be sufficient to show that they can continue to legally be present and work in the country and employers must accept the document as valid,” McLean said. “TPS beneficiaries can, if they want, order another work permit but it would cost them $485 and it would be for a short period.”

    The Federal Register will first publish the notice for the beneficiaries of Sudan and Nicaragua. Immigrants with TPS from other countries will have a warning as their end dates near — assuming the case is not yet settled.


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    McLean said many people did not renew their TPS registration during the last deadline.

    Now those beneficiaries will have the opportunity to register again and benefit from the court order. Legal experts advise that they do so as soon as the notice is published in the Federal Register.


    McLean said her organization will publish more information on the website www.nationaltpsalliance.org and warned beneficiaries to go to local immigrant groups if they need help.


    For Umaine Louis-Jean, a Haitian immigrant living in Fort Lauderdale, and Francis Garcia, who immigrated from Honduras and lives in Las Vegas, the judge’s order gives them “the opportunity to continue fighting.”


    Both are beneficiaries of TPS, have U.S.-born children and are participating in the Libertad caravan.


    Garcia said the migrant caravan making its way across Central America, through Mexico to the United States, highlights the importance of maintaining TPS.


    “It breaks my heart,” Garcia said. “I see all those people who are fleeing and I think, ‘I cannot take the risk of going with my children to a country where people can’t live because of poverty and danger.’


    “That’s why we have continue to fight here,” she said, “in the country where we have lived for more than 20 years and worked legally.”

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    Go home and FIGHT for your own country.

    It breaks MY heart as a taxpayer and an American citizen that our government and these left wing Judges continue to DUMP foreigners from all over the world on our backs to pay for instead of sending them BACK to go build America on their soil.

    We allowed you to come here TEMPORARY...that status is over.

    We have NO obligation to allow anybody to come here.

    We have been lied to, we have been used and abused by these refugees, TPS, asylum and illegal aliens who come here and now have the nerve to MOUTH off and resist in our streets. You are not welcome any more.

    Do not go out of OUR country mouthing off, kicking and screaming because now we want this LOUSY program defunded and terminated for good....forever!

    Set a DAILY quota to start deporting them and send them back to their countries.

    Sell out, pack up and go home.

    Effect change on your soil.

    We are sick of this!
    ILLEGAL ALIENS HAVE "BROKEN" OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM

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    "The government’s plan comes as a caravan of TPS beneficiaries and immigration activists travel the country on a bus, knocking on the doors of politicians’ offices and organizing events and press conferences. The members of the caravan organized by the National TPS Alliance, who advocate a solution that grants permanent status for immigrants, were received by local organizations on Wednesday in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood."









    Lobbying of elected officials by or on behalf of foreign persons, outside of registered lobbyists, is prohibited by the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938. Democrats have recently raised this issue, connected to alleged Russian or other foreign collusion in the 2016 election. Yet in this case there is blatant disregard for this law.

    It is the responsibility and obligation of the US Department of Justice to enforce this law----and due to the almost zero enforcement over the past few decades, lobbying for illegal foreign citizens in the US has reached an unprecedented level. When immigration policy is being discussed the only grassroots lobbying should be by US citizens and lawful permanent residents. Not either BY or on BEHALF of foreign persons. This is "agency" for a "foreign principal.":


    (c) Expect 1 as provided in subsection (d) ofthis section, the term ‘‘agent of a foreign principal’’means—(1) any person who acts as an agent, representative,employee, or servant, or any personwho acts in any other capacity at theorder, request, or under the direction or control,of a foreign principal or of a person anyof whose activities are directly or indirectlysupervised, directed, controlled, financed, orsubsidized in whole or in major part by a foreignprincipal, and who directly or throughany other person—(i) engages within the United States in politicalactivities for or in the interests ofsuch foreign principal;(ii) acts within the United States as a publicrelations counsel, publicity agent, information-serviceemployee or political consultantfor or in the interests of such foreignprincipal;(iii) within the United States solicits, collects,disburses, or dispenses contributions,loans, money, or other things of value for orin the interest of such foreign principal; or(iv) within the United States representsthe interests of such foreign principal beforeany agency or official of the Government ofthe United States; ......

    The best thing is to use the contact form for the US DOJ and demand that Attorney General Jeff Sessions enact strict enforcement of the FARA law. The news media has lately had reports of Democrat politicians claiming it should be used against President Trump campaign personnel.
    https://www.weeklystandard.com/eric-...a-prosecutions

    To send a message to AG Jeff Sessions use the DOJ contact form:https://www.justice.gov/doj/webform/your-message-department-justice

    State that you expect the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 should apply to all unregistered lobbying for foreign persons, including grassroots efforts for illegal aliens.

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    The FARA Faucet: Foreign Agents are Running Scared


    • ERIC FELTEN
      The first of a pair of Paul Manafort trials began this week in a courthouse in Virginia. The international lobbyist and onetime head of the Trump presidential campaign is charged with parking millions in cash offshore to evade taxes and otherwise launder his earnings. These are common enough charges in the shadier back-alleys of global high-finance and political fixing. The second trial, slated for later in the District of Columbia, deals extensively with a rather less common sort of allegation—that Manafort failed properly to register his activities under the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
      To say that FARA was, at least until recently, an obscurity would be a wild understatement. In 2016, the Justice Department’s inspector general audited the enforcement of FARA and “found that historically there have been hardly any FARA prosecutions.” And by hardly any, the IG meant hardly any. In half a century—from 1966 to 2015—there were “only seven criminal FARA cases.” One produced an actual conviction at trial, two resulted in guilty pleas, two of the accused pleaded out to other charges, and “two cases were dismissed.” So in 50 years, all of three people have been found guilty of FARA violations.
      One other measure of what a backwater FARA enforcement has been: The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence website offers a helpful list of some two dozen “Major Intelligence Related Statutes.” The 1993 Central Intelligence Agency Voluntary Separation Pay Act makes the list; FARA does not.


      But now, thanks to the various investigations of the special counsel, FARA seems to be everywhere. There are the Manafort charges, of course, but don’t forget the 13 Russian social media trolls and their alleged corporate sponsors. They are accused of defrauding the United States by “impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the government.” One of the “lawful functions” specified by the Mueller team is FARA. And then there is Russian grad student and gun-rights advocate Maria Butina, who was recently charged with violating an even more obscure parallel to the FARA statute, 18 U.S.C. 951, which regulates “agents of foreign governments.”

      All of these prosecutions have focused the minds of Washington’s lobbyist class and others who are wondering whether they might find themselves defined as “foreign agents.” They’ve been lining up at lawyers’ offices to register their activities.
      “We have seen a significant uptick in FARA-related business, both from new clients wanting to ensure they are in compliance and from existing clients who are asking us to ensure that their prior filings are fully buttoned-up,” says Josh Rosenstein of Sandler Reiff Lamb Rosenstein & Birkenstock. “Many of them have told us that the new regulatory environment is prompting them to take a hard look at FARA compliance.” Sensible stuff, that.
      Law firm Wiley Rein is at “a record pace in fielding inquiries from clients in regard to compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act,” says attorney Daniel Pickard. “We’re receiving lots of requests for guidance as to whether clients need to file.”

      According to a Justice Department spokesman, there were 50 percent more FARA filings in 2017 than in 2016. And if anything, the pace has quickened since then. Asked if there’s been a boom in FARA work and whether the current prosecutions explain it, Thomas J. Spulak of King & Spalding is blunt: “Yes and yes.”
      Savvy law firms are putting the word out to clients with international business that they need to get right with Uncle Sam. Jenner & Block produced a white paper in February titled “The Revival of the Foreign Agents Registration Act: What You Should Know and What to Do Next.” Covington & Burling warned, “The breadth of the statute, its criminal penalties, the absence of interpretive guidance, and the growing attention paid to the 1930s era law by federal prosecutors combine to create dangerous and difficult-to-manage risks for multinational companies, lobbying firms, and public relations firms.”
    • Which is an elaborate way of saying if you have to ask whether you need to file, chances are you might want to.
      There’s no shortage of persons covered by the law, in no small part because of the circumstances of its passage. In the years before the United States entered World War II, Nazi propagandists and provocateurs actively infiltrated American social and political organizations. Their goal: to skew public opinion about the war in Europe. The Foreign Agents Registration Act was drafted to empower the federal government to respond to that threat, and as with many wartime security laws, FARA was written as broadly as possible.



      Consider the law’s quite expansive definition of “person.” The statute explains: “The term ‘person’ includes an individual, partnership, association, corporation, organization, or any other combination of individuals.”
      Then there is the “foreign principal” who makes a “person” into a foreign agent by giving him, her, or it direction. Several subclauses note who is included in the definition of foreign principals. The first is straightforward enough: “A government of a foreign country and a foreign political party.” But what of the second subclause, which defines as a “foreign principal” any non-American “person outside of the United States.” Just a bit broad, don’t you think?

      Given the expansiveness of the statute the better question than who is covered might be who isn’t. Craig Engle heads the political law group at Arent Fox. He says most people even remotely covered by the act don’t want to run afoul of FARA any more than they want to get themselves into any other sort of trouble. Of those who are conceivably covered by FARA but unregistered, Engle says the vast majority want to be in conformity with the law. “Now that FARA is in the papers, clients are calling.” They’re all asking, “Oh, does that apply to me?”
      It’s a good question. Let’s say you are the CEO—or even just the press spokesman—for a U.S. business owned by a German firm, and you express to a reporter an opinion about tariff policies. Are you required to declare yourself and your company foreign agents and keep up twice-yearly filings with the FARA office? It can’t hurt.


      In our age of globalized business, this has all sorts of companies worried that a prosecutor in need of a handy statute with which to leverage them may learn from Team Mueller just how useful FARA can be. Business lobbyists have been looking to Capitol Hill to make FARA less encompassing and less elastic. A spokesman for Senate Judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley says, “We’ve been working with stakeholders to find a way to thoughtfully address legitimate concerns raised by U.S. subsidiaries of foreign companies.” Grassley has FARA reform legislation now before the Foreign Relations Committee.
      Arent Fox’s Engle says two things have come from all the publicity about FARA and its broad application: (1) more compliance with FARA; and (2) a new impetus for long-overdue reform of the statute. “Controversy,” Engle says, “sometimes creates progress.”
      Not that this will turn off the lawyers’ FARA faucet: “We have certainly seen an uptick in the number of clients seeking FARA advice recently,” says Christopher E. Babbitt of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. “We would expect that to continue—particularly if any of the proposed FARA reforms are enacted.” It’s a win-win of a sort.

      .https://www.weeklystandard.com/eric-...a-prosecutions



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