August 23, 2004

Compassionate Conservatives

In 1995, the US accepted 292 refugees from Montserrat, where a series of volcanic eruptions causing havoc. They were admitted to the US with temporary protected status", so they could live and work in the US during the natural disaster. (Lots more people from Montserrat went to England, which used to own the island, or to other Commonwealth countries, or to other Carribean islands)

Now, the Department of Homeland Security is going to deport the volcano refugees because the volcano is not calming down. Because the disaster continues, the nice Republicans at Homeland Security have decided that the situation is not temporary, and so the "temporary protected status" should no longer be operative. (Thanks, BBC)