This post was last updated Sept. 22
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:
- [Sept. 3] [MA] Harvard Workers Rally in Boston Labor Day March, Demand Protections for Immigrant Workers
- [Sept. 3] [MA] With Immigration Status in Limbo, Some TPS Holders Consider Heading North — To Canada
- [Sept. 4] Canada Opens its Borders to Some — But Not All — Immigrants Facing Uncertainty In The U.S.
- [Sept. 4] Nepalese Sanctuary Seekers Fighting to Stay in the U.S.
- [Sept. 8] [MA] CityLine: Sunday, September 8, 2019: Temporary Protected Status-TPS-legal action
- [Sept. 9] Bahamas residents are fleeing Dorian’s devastation. Here’s how the US has treated migrants escaping past disasters
- [Sept. 10] [MA] Immigrants with temporary status brace for disrupted employment, services as program winds down
- [Sept. 11] Hurricane Dorian: Trump administration reportedly won’t extend temporary protected status to Bahamians
- [Sept. 12] Democratic Lawmakers Want To Give Bahamians Temporary Protected Status
- [Sept. 18] ‘I Used to Wonder What My Karma Was That I Had to End Up in a Place Like This’
- [Sept. 20] Trump administration reaches deal to send asylum seekers to El Salvador in an effort to deter migrants from entering the United States
- [Sept. 21] [NE] Some protected-status immigrants in legal limbo having trouble renewing driver’s licenses