Temporary Protected Status
More than 300,000 immigrants have permission to live and work in our country today through a form of humanitarian relief called Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Since 1990, TPS has been granted to people from countries embroiled in violent conflict or suffering from a natural disaster so that they will not be returned to harm’s way.
The majority of TPS beneficiaries have been contributing to our communities and our economy for more than 15 years, but their status is now at risk.
In 2018, the Department of Homeland Security announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status for numerous countries, including El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan. The courts had temporarily blocked these terminations, but a recent decision may allow TPS protections to be stripped away from hundreds of thousands of workers in the near future. If you or a loved one or co-worker are a national of one of these countries with TPS, here is what you need to know.