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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