First it was Sudan, then Nicaragua, and now Haiti.
One by one, struggling countries are losing the promise of Temporary Protective Status (TPS), a form of immigration relief granted to citizens from countries that have become unsafe due to war, famine, natural disaster, or disease.
While the White House has consistently opted against the renewal of TPS in the cases that have come before the Administration this year, Congress can fight back by passing legislation that offers many of these vulnerable migrants extended protection.
In the past few weeks, multiple members of Congress have written bills that grant some sort of immigration relief to TPS holders. They are as follows:
- ESPERER ACt of 2017, H.R. 4184 sponsored by Representative Carlos Curbelo
- American Promise Act of 2017, H.R. 4253 sponsored by Representative Nydia Velazquez
- ASPIRE TPS Act 2017, H.R. 4384 sponsored by Representative Yvette Clarke
- SECURE Act, S. 2144 sponsored by Senator Chris Van Hollen
Decision dates for the renewal of Temporary Protective Status (TPS) will continue throughout 2018, with El Salvador and Syria next up in January.
For a calendar with specific expiration and decision dates for all current TPS designated countries, please contact the LIRS advocacy team directly.
This post was guest-written by LIRS advocacy team member Hayley Schultz.