This post was last updated Aug. 18
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:
- [Aug. 1] Trump administration extends protected status for Syrians in U.S.
- [Aug. 1] U.S. Extends Temporary Deportation Protection To Syrians
- [Aug. 7] As Trump Moves To Strip TPS From Nearly Everybody, The Administration Is Thinking Of Extending It To Venezuelans
- [Aug. 8] [NV] Salvadoran consul: TPS beneficiaries unable to renew licenses at Nevada DMV
- [Aug. 8] [CA] Activists push for Trump’s impeachment and more to combat white supremacy
- [Aug. 12] [MA] The Last Dream: Heart-wrenching tales of TPS shared at the Watertown Public Library
- [Aug. 14] [MA] How latest federal court hearing on Temporary Protected Status could affect 12,000 Massachusetts immigrants
- [Aug. 14] Appeals court grapples with admin’s decision to end temporary protections for some immigrants
- [Aug. 14] Children of TPS holders fight for their parents’ protection in court
- [Aug. 15] Federal Court Weighs Fate of Protected Status for 300,000 Immigrants