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Department of Homeland Security extends TPS for about 300,000 immigrants

The extension is for TPS beneficiaries in Honduras, Nepal, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Sudan, and Haiti

For the past few years, many immigrants in the US have lived in limbo, unsure whether they would be allowed to stay or be deported back to their country.

Under the Temporary Protected Status program, immigrants whose countries have been deemed unsafe have been legally allowed to live and work in the United States.

This holiday season, their stay was at risk after the Trump administration tried to revoke TPS from six countries — Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, El Salvador, and Nicaragua — by stating that the conditions there have improved.

TPS extended for over 335,000 immigrants

Department of Homeland Security, on Thursday, announced that TPS would continue through June 2024 due to an ongoing federal lawsuit aiming to undo Trump’s ruling.

This gives additional protection to immigrants and their families.

The Biden administration has re-designed protections for Sudan and Haiti, but El Salvador, Nicaragua, Nepal, and Honduras have only received an extension so far.


What is Temporary Protected Status?

TPS was created in 1990 to provide shelter and support to immigrants who cannot return to their homeland due to a natural disaster or a humanitarian crisis.

The program applies to people who are already living in the US; it enables them to work here without the fear of being deported.

Currently, there are sixteen countries that come under TPS, and the protections granted are reviewed by the Department of Homeland Security for renewal every 18 months.

There are currently over 400,000 immigrants with TPS, most living in Florida, California, New York, and Texas.

Many recipients have been living in the US for decades, but that doesn’t mean they get an easy pathway to becoming a citizen. Emi MacLean, an attorney at the ACLU of Northern California, calls this a failure of the immigration laws of the United States.

The immigrants living in the US have built a life that they’re proud of. They’ve built their communities, worked for decades, and consider the country more home than anywhere else.

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