This post was last updated Oct. 28
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:
- [Oct. 2] Salvadoran President Wants TPS Extended for Salvadorans in U.S.
- [Oct. 2] Nancy Pelosi Headed to South Florida to Help Venezuelans Who Fled Maduro Regime
- [Oct. 4] Stress and uncertainty are daily burden for Haitians in Boston with temporary protected status while courts weigh program’s future
- [Oct. 6] Nancy Pelosi Resurfaces in Florida Politics
- [Oct. 7] U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris and Colleagues File Amicus Brief in Support of DACA in the Supreme Court
- [Oct. 11] Legal status for thousands of Liberians in US hangs on court decision
- [Oct. 11] Temporary Protected Status reminder for employers
- [Oct. 22] Erasing the Dead: Seeking to Deport Haitians, the Trump Administration Is Counting Deaths in Displacement Camps as “Progress”
- [Oct. 28] U.S. extends work permits for Salvadoran immigrants with protected status in rare concession
- [Oct. 28] US Extends Protections for Many Salvadorans Living in US
- [Oct. 28] US to extend temporary protections for El Salvadorans in US for at least another year