What is happening with TPS?
To date there are six countries affected by the cancellation of TPS: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan. The Trump administration says the problems caused by natural disasters have been resolved, that the economies and infrastructure of affected countries have recovered to the point where protections under TPS are no longer needed, and that TPS recipients must prepare to return to their countries.
- Sudan, November 2, 2018
- Nicaragua, January 5, 2019
- Haiti, July 22, 2019
- Nepal, June 24, 2019
- El Salvador, September 9, 2019
- Honduras, January 5, 2020
This means that another extension will not be granted. Deportation protection and what is known as TPS ends on the dates indicated above for each country, and worker permits for each country will expire on the same TPS cancellation date.
There are several federal agencies involved in analyzing and deciding the future of the TPS program for each country, including the Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of State. How do they make the decision? The Department of State conducts a study of each country designated by TPS and recommends to DHS what decision to make. The decision could include an extension of protection for another 6, 12 or 18 months, or to order the cancellation of protection.
The real reasons behind these cancellations are motivated by xenophobic and racist sentiments. The president has made derogatory remarks against Africans, Haitians, and Central Americans, and the Department of Justice is trying to increase the criminalization and demonization of immigrant and black communities. The current administration is focused on spreading a culture of fear and despair.
In early May, an article in the Washington Post mentioned that the American embassies in El Salvador, Haiti and Honduras informed the Department of State that the conditions in each of the three countries are not adequate to justify the cancellation of TPS. However, the Department of Homeland Security ignored the embassies’ request.
To determine a legal basis for TPS cancellation, copies of emails from high-ranking officials within DHS were obtained which described how they were trying to create a negative image of Haitian communities currently benefiting from TPS. These emails attempted to associate them with crime and dependence on the public welfare system. The actions taken by DHS and the Department of State are worrisome because they are in violation of the law surrounding TPS, and possibly the United State Constitution.
The current government wants to avoid the growth of immigrant communities in the United States. The government would rather scare people into self-deporting. Without question, this type of attack is in violation of civil and human rights, and for this reason we are fighting to bring justice, achieve permanent residence and keep families together here in the United States. We have to unite and fight to defend our right to live here.
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