This post was last updated Apr. 21
Last year, several countries lost their TPS (Temporary Protected Status) designation. By early October 2018, a lawsuit against wrongful termination of TPS made it to a federal judge, who ruled in favor of TPS which immediately extended TPS for two countries’ whose beneficiaries were about to lose legal protection from deportation: Sudan and Nicaragua. The ruling was appealed and a final decision on TPS was not yet available.
What does 2019 mean for TPS?
A final decision on the future of TPS will be made. The countries of South Sudan, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen have active TPS, so their status in the program is still in effect. TPS, however, is a conditional program that is renewed on a case-by-case.
Six countries are currently at risk of losing their designation. El Salvador, Haiti, and Honduras are the three countries with the most TPS beneficiaries. If a decision is not made this month, some of these countries will receive conditional extensions.
On February 28, due to the federal court case filed by El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan TPS holders, the Department of Homeland Security extended TPS through January 2020 for those countries. On April 11, a federal judge in New York ruled that Haiti’s TPS designation was unjustly terminated.
Here are news headlines specific to TPS:
- [Apr. 3] [NY] U.S. aid cuts to Central America will stall progress made, intensify violence, and increase forced displacement
- [Apr. 7] Catholic Church urges US government to designate Temporary Protected Status for Venezuela
- [Apr. 8][NY] Living in Legal Limbo
- [Apr. 9] Democrats look to vote on Dreamers and TPS legislation before August
- [Apr. 9] ‘It’s Really Powerful:’ California Lawmaker Returns To Her Birthplace Of El Salvador On Visit With Newsom
- [Apr. 11] Trump Immigration Agenda Suffers New Defeat With Ruling on Haitians’ Status
- [Apr. 12] Second federal judge blocks Trump plan to send Haitians home
- [Apr. 13] [CA] When Trump wanted to boot immigrants with temporary status, one Van Nuys firm fought back
- [Apr. 17] [MA] ‘I have been doing my taxes every year,’ Lynn immigrant in US on TPS says as he lobbies for path to citizenship
- [Apr. 17] [CA] A ‘hidden’ community of Nepalese migrants fights to remain in U.S.
- [Apr. 17] [CA] Temporary Protected Status Refugees Fight Expulsion
- [Apr. 17] Cities and Counties Stand to Benefit From the American Dream and Promise Act
- [Apr. 17] These immigrants contribute $4.6 billion in taxes. Trump’s trying to strip their legal status.