Category: Community Resources

Deferred Enforced Departure

What is Deferred Enforced Departure?

In addition to TPS, Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) is another form of blanket relief.  DED is under the President’s discretion to authorize as part of his constitutional power to conduct foreign relations. Deferred Enforced Departure provides individuals relief from removal at the President’s discretion, usually in response to war, civil unrest, or natural disasters.

Currently, Liberia is the only country currently designated under DED. It is set to be terminated on March 30, 2020. African Communities Together v. Trump is currently challenging the Trump Administration’s attempt to terminate DED and deter the deportation of Liberian individuals-some who have resided in the States for more than 20 years.

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Learn more about renters rights at Tenant Sanctuary. Tuesdays 5-8 & Saturday's 11-2

Santa Cruz Tenant Sanctuary

Free tenant education & legal aid services in Santa Cruz 

Tuesdays: 5-8pm & Sundays: 11-2pm
Sanctuary Santa Cruz Office, 703 Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Thursdays: 10am -3pm
California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA)
501 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

About Tenant Sanctuary

Tenant Sanctuary is an affiliation of Sanctuary Santa Cruz that offers drop in hours Tuesday and Sunday to help with information about:

  • Rent IncreasesLearn more about renters rights at Tenant Sanctuary. Tuesdays 5-8 & Saturday's 11-2
  • Eviction
  • Repairs and habitability
  • Security Deposits
  • Harassment
  • Lease Provisions
  • And any issue regarding tenant-landlord disputes.

Tenant counselors are volunteers dedicated to the cause of tenant empowerment and education. Tenant Sanctuary is composed of a team of committed volunteers, a program coordinator, a tenant attorney, and a steering committee. Composed of several tenant advocates, the steering committee guides the vision and strategies of the Tenant Sanctuary program.

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About CRLA

California Rural Legal Assistance is a state-wide nonprofit legal service program for California’s low-income individuals & communities. They offer services in landlord/tenant issues, as well as employment law, public benefits isssues, and LGBTQ issues including name changes to conformt to gender. Call (831) 724-2253 for more information.


Temporary Protected Status

What is TPS?

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is given to foreign nationals who are already present in the U.S. and cannot return to certain countries due to temporary unsafe conditions. The temporary unsafe conditions can include civil war, natural disaster, and/or other extraordinary circumstances. TPS provides individuals protection from deportation, employment authorization documents (EAD), and some may be granted travel authorization.


Recent Timeline:

March 2019- Department of Homeland Security issued a notice stating that while injunction is in place, TPS holders will retain their status and work permits through Jan. 2020

Feb. 2019 – Nepali and Honduran TPS holders filed a separate lawsuit claiming that their TPS was terminated unlawfully

Oct. 2018- California federal court issued a preliminary injunction blocking Trump Administration for termination of TPS of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Sudan

March 2018– Lawsuit filed claiming that the U.S. government terminated TPS as a result of predetermined agenda and violated the law


The U.S. currently provides TPS to over 300,000 foreign nationals from the following countries: El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, Nepal, Syria, Nicaragua, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, and South Sedan. Salvadorian TPS holders are the largest group at 195,000 individuals. The second largest group are Honduran TPS holders at 57,000 individuals. Many of the individuals who were protected by TPS have been living and working in the U.S. for decades and have established livelihoods. If their TPS is terminated, they can now face deportation to countries that could still be unsafe. This would also cause a massive family separation crisis since around 270,000 U.S. born children have at least one parent with TPS. Since the attempted terminations of TPS, many lawsuits have taken place leaving the future of thousands of people uncertain.

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Public Charge Rules

Public Charge has not gone into effect. Public comments closed on December 10th, 2018. The government must notify the public 60 days before public charge tests are set into effect. Before that they must respond to the publics comments.

Disclaimer – this is general info only – get a screening at a legal clinic to see how these rules affect you and your family members.

What is Public Charge?

According to National Immigration Law Center. “Public charge” is currently defined as a person who is or is likely to become primarily dependent on the government for support. When a non–U.S. citizen applies for a visa to enter the U.S. or for lawful permanent resident status (to get a “green card”), a U.S. government official will look at the person’s life circumstances to see if the person is likely to depend on government programs in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions:

If I used government programs in the past, does that mean I may not be able to get a green card? 

The public charge test is forward-looking. If you previously received help from government programs but your situation has changed, you can show that you will not need those services now or in the future (for example, because you now have a job).

How does the government decide who is likely to become a public charge?

The government uses a public charge “test.” The public charge test is based on several different factors. An immigration officer must look at the “totality of circumstances” by looking at the person’s age, health, family status, financial status, education and skills, and the “affidavit of support” filed by their sponsor (if they have one). The government must look at the person’s whole situation to decide if they are likely to depend on public programs in the future.

When does the public charge test apply?

The test applies in two situations: (1) when a person applies to enter the U.S. or (2) when a person applies to adjust immigration status to become a lawful permanent resident (to get a green card). You apply for a visa or green card by submitting information on a form. Using the information from that form and from the interview that follows, the government decides if you are likely to become a public charge. The test is not used when a permanent resident applies for U.S. citizenship.

(These answers were found on MomsRising.Org)

Resources to learn more about Public Charge:

Immigration Legal Resource Center – Public Charge: Your Questions Answered

National Immigration Law Center

Sanctuary Santa Cruz

Office of Immigrant Relations, Public Charge Fact Sheet

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website – Public Charge

Protecting Immigrant Families