Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Update
On January 8, 2018 the Trump Administration announced that it would end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for those from El Salvador. The nearly 200,000 individuals from El Salvador have until September 9, 2019 to leave.
This is the latest in a series of decision to end TPS for individuals from other nations. Based upon the Trump administrations statements and actions, it is likely that TPS will also be ended in the coming months for people from other nations who have legal status under TPS.
The TPS program was started in 1990. It was meant to allow those from nations facing dangerous situations to stay and work legally in the U.S. Although it was meant to provide temporary legal status, the temporary protections were routinely extended by both Republican and Democratic presidents. The reason for doing so was because often the conditions in the home countries remained unsafe.
Many here under TPS had children, who were U.S. citizens, had jobs, paid taxes married, and bought property. Although thee TPS law doesn’t take these factors into consideration when deciding on whether to extend TPS, it has been hard not to do so.
Those here under TPS are barred from receiving many social services. Although many argue that there is nothing wrong with ending TPS after the worst of the danger at home has passed, many also argue that it is not humane to send people back to societies that are not yet fully safe and in poor economic condition. I agree with the latter position and would like to see the law allow a path to citizenship to those here who stay out of trouble and work.