Temporary protected status (tps) 

What is Temporary Protected Status?

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is an immigration status that is given to nationals of certain countries temporarily for humanitarian reasons. It provides relief from deportation to foreign nationals physically present in the United States during an ongoing crisis in their country of origin that prevents their safe return.

  • The conditions making it unsafe for them to return include but are not limited to:

    • an ongoing armed conflict

    • an environmental disaster

    • an epidemic

There are currently over 425,000 people with TPS in the U.S., from Sudan, South

Sudan, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, El Salvador, Syria, Nepal, Yemen, and Somalia.

Update 4/18/19

  • Under the Ramos v. Nielson lawsuit, TPS for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador has been extended through January 2, 2020.

  • TPS for Honduras and Nepal are currently on hold under Bhattarai v. Neilson and Ramos v. Neilson lawsuits.

  • The Trump Administration has made it clear that they want to halt all immigration programs. Their attacks target the two largest immigrant programs that create a path for people to have provisional legal status - Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The Asks?

  • We need a permanent solution that restores TPS to ALL/all 13 countries that had it as of January 1, 2017. There is already legislation that would do this in the House and the Senate.

  • No change must be made to TPS and no more terminations until a complete legislative solution is achieved.

Current Litigation Action:

There are currently several lawsuits aimed at the Trump administration, in pursuit of reestablishing the protections TPS holders have been stripped of.

Ramos v. Nielson:

TPS for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador have been extended through January 2nd, 2020.

  1. Bhattarai v. Neilson:

TPS for Nepal and Honduras is currently on hold until the Ramos case is decided.

Current Legislative Fixes:

  • House of Representatives:

H.R. 6 - The American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, led by Reps. Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Velazquez (D-NY), and Clarke (D-NY) in the House of Representatives. The act would provide a permanent solution for Dream Act-eligible population, TPS, and DED holders.

  • Senate:

SECURE Act: Led by Senators, Van Hollen (D-MD), Cardin (D-MD), Feinstein (D-CA) and Kain (D-VA) in the Senate. This would allow only qualified TPS, and DED holders to apply for legal permanent residency.

*Updated June 2019

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