Advocates Lobby Government for "Temporary Protected Status" for Mexican Immigrants

With the death toll due to drug violence rising in Mexico, a new idea is beginning to take hold among immigration advocates. Many are starting to lobby the United States government to allow Mexican undocumented immigrants to apply for Temporary Protected Status, normally reserved for immigrants coming from countries ravaged by war or natural disaster.

"There is a big chance of getting kidnapped and killed over there right now. It is extremely, extremely violent," Victor Ibarra, the president of the Houston advocacy organization Alianza Mexicana told the Houston Chronicle. "That is why we're asking for temporary protection."

But the idea is very controversial and would have to go through Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano in order to be a viable option for undocumented immigrants currently in the United States. The likelihood of TPS being granted for Mexican immigrants may be slim, but Ibarra says they will keep urging the government to consider it, "It will be a long fight for this. It might take a few years, but we will keep fighting."