This post was last updated June 9
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.
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. By mid-May, the House Judiciary Committee moved forward bills in support of TPS and DACA, which passed in the House early June.
Here are news headlines specific to TPS:
- [June 3] Advocates Worry Ending Temporary Protected Status Could Put Teens Like These in the Next Family-Separation Crisis
- [June 4] House Democrats just passed a bill to give DREAMers a pathway to citizenship
- [June 5] House passes latest DREAM Act, hoping to place millions of immigrants on path to citizenship
- [June 5] Congress Approves Immigration Bill Protecting ‘Dreamers’, TPS Holders
- [June 5] Alexandria Ocasio-cortez Says Congressmembers Were Brought to Tears as Dream and Promise Act Passed in House: ‘what a Moment. This Is Why We Fight’
- [June 10] With labor support, House OKs bill to keep Dreamers, TPS beneficiaries in U.S.
- [June 11] [MD] Church must be present to migrants and refugees, USCCB leaders say
- [June 11] Trump wants increased protections for Venezuelans fleeing to U.S.
- [June 13] Maryland senators push for legislation to help immigrants