Temporary protected status (tps)
The Trump Administration has made it clear that they want to halt all immigration programs and they have gone after the two largest ones that allow people to have provisional legal status - Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
As of January 1, 2017, TPS supported over 420,000 immigrants from over 10 countries, the majority of which are Black Majority countries (Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Sudan, Haiti, Somalia, Yemen, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Nepal)
TPS has been terminated under Trump for Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan since September alone - affecting almost 70,000 people. The reasons largely dismissed the current country conditions and the humanitarian need for the program
TPS ended for the African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in May 2017
We need a permanent solution for TPS holders including the Black countries who lost TPS earlier this year because of previous administration’s decision (Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia)
Current legislative fixes
There are two (2) House bills and one (1) senate bill that allow for permanent solution for all countries. There is an additional House bill ESPERER Act of 2017 (H.R. 4184) by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) but it only covers Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.
A bipartisan bill ASPIRE TPS Act 2017 (H.R. 4384) by Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) codifies TPS and gives a provisional status lasting 6 years and LPR only if the person shows extreme hardship.
The legislations that allow for LPR status for all - American Promise Act of 2017 (H.R. 4253) American Promise Act by Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) and the SECURE Act (S. 2144) by Sen. Van Hollen (D-MD).
As we fight for DREAM Act, we must commit to fighting for permanent solutions for TPS as the decisions for 4 countries loom in 2018. We must appeal to the new DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen who does not seem to be on board with continuing the program.
NO change must be made to TPS and no more terminations until a legislative solution is achieved.
The best permanent solutions that TPS holders support are ones that provide full permanent protection for all countries. It is important that this includes Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Nicaragua and Haiti who all had terminations in 2017.