Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
TPS is an immigration designation and a haven for people fleeing unlivable conditions in their home country and are unable to return. Reasons for TPS designation include temporary extraordinary conditions, armed conflicts and environmental disasters. TPS recipients are able to access a work permit and are protected from deportation. The Secretary of DHS has decision-making authority to designate which countries qualify for TPS and to determine extensions of TPS over time. TPS is generally granted for 6, 12 or 18 months at a time and renewed at the discretion of the Secretary of DHS.
FIRM believes that any attempts to strip countries of their TPS designations is a part of Trump’s mass deportation effort, as removing this program would send most recipients into an undocumented status, leaving them at risk of deportations.
Losing TPS designations would be costly to families as many individuals who have TPS are part of mixed status families with U.S. citizen children and in some cases perhaps U.S. citizen grandchildren. While the status may have been temporary, the lives individuals have built in the United States are permanent.