Earlier today, the Department of Homeland Security announced that TPS recipients from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan would continue to receive TPS benefits until 2020. The extension was approved in compliance with a temporary court order that prevented the White House from terminating protections for TPS recipients, thus making hundreds of thousands of people vulnerable to deportation.
Created in 1990, Temporary Protected Status is a provision of the Immigration Act of 1990. It allows foreign-born immigrants from unstable or dangerous countries to remain in the United States for safety. All immigrants from TPS nations are eligible for benefits, regardless of status. Until 2016, the nations on the TPS list (which is updated every 18 months) include Sudan, Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal, and others. From 1990 to 2016, presidential administrations of both sides of the aisle have continued to renew TPS status for these nations.
Creating Americans Out of Refugees
As our blog has mentioned before, TPS recipients in many cases have been here for decades. Because TPS benefits allow recipients to work and make a life for themselves, many beneficiaries have bought homes, started families, and built businesses in the decades they’ve spent here. Many of them have had children, making half their families U.S. citizens.
Ultimately, TPS was created to pull hundreds of thousands of people (with or without documented status) out of the shadows. TPS became a way for the United States to provide a refuge for migrants from violent countries while creating a broader tax base. In the end, TPS became a pathway to integration and the American Dream, in spirit if not in the letter of the law. Sentencing more than 90% of our neighbors and community members to uproot their entire lives to be sent back to countries unable to support them would do them a grave injustice. If that’s not a good enough reason, experts estimate that rescinding TPS would make undocumented immigration worse, not better.
If you’re currently facing the prospect of deportation, speak with a New Jersey immigration attorney today at (800) 909-8129 as soon as possible.