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ICYMI: Washington City Paper on Temporary Protected Status: “Thousands of Area Residents Will Lose Their Immigration Status Next September”

 

Families and Communities Across the U.S., Including D.C., Will Be Devastatingly Affected by Expiration of TPS

TPS Expiration Dates:
El Salvador, 9/9/2019
Haiti, 7/22/2019
Honduras, 1/5/2020
Nepal, 6/24/2019
Nicaragua, 1/5/2019
South Sudan, 5/2/2019

In her article for the Washington City Paper, Cassidy Jensen takes an in-depth look into what will happen to the lives of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders and their families once their immigration status expires. Trump’s termination of TPS for El Salvador, Haití, Honduras, Nicaragua, South Sudan, and Nepal will lead many families to face extremely difficult circumstances, such as potentially orphaning U.S. citizen children when their parents are forcibly deported.

The article is excerpted below and available here:

For those who lose their TPS status, options are limited. They can pursue a path to citizenship if they meet certain requirements for asylum or a relative or spouse can sponsor them. TPS holders can return to their country of origin, where they may have few ties. Finally, they can choose to remain living in the U.S. without documentation—a life in the shadows.

The end of TPS for El Salvador and Honduras will have a visible impact on D.C. According to an analysis of census data in a 2017 report by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, 32,359 Salvadoran TPS holders and 5,538 Honduran TPS holders live in the D.C. metropolitan area. TPS holders work for construction companies and restaurants, clean office buildings, and run businesses. They pay mortgages and taxes. Their children, many of them U.S. citizens, attend public schools.

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Ask TPS holders about the moment they heard the program would be terminated, and one word comes up again and again: shock. Everyone knew TPS was impermanent, but it had been renewed so many times. The government renewed TPS for El Salvador every 18 months, and those with the designation have had to re-register each time, most recently for a fee of $495.

TPS beneficiaries fear what will happen to their children when the status ends. Many TPS parents have U.S. citizen children, or their families are a mix of undocumented, TPS, and citizen members. TPS holders from Haiti, Honduras, and El Salvador have 273,000 U.S. citizen children, according to a 2017 report from the Center for Migration Studies. When the status ends, these families will have to decide who will stay and who will go—whether or not they can remain a family within these borders.