Immigrants from certain countries may be able to get some relief from a recent decision by the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The DHS recently announced that they had extended temporary protected status (TPS) to those residents in the United States who hail from Nicaragua, El Salvador, Sudan and Haiti.
Despite the Trump administration's repeated efforts to scale back the TPS program, the DHS recently filed a notice that extends the TPS designation for the named countries until early next year. Today, the notice is being officially published in the Federal Register.
TPS provides additional protections to citizens of countries that experienced both human-derived and natural disasters. They can continue under the program and work and reside here in America while their home countries attempt to recover.
Some have had this protected status for more than 20 years and have received nearly automatic renewals each 18-month period since their arrival on U.S. soil. Still, the current administration has been working hard at eliminating or at least greatly reducing those with these designations who currently live here.
Their methods included denying these almost automatic renewals of the home country's designations, which forces the immigrants to either leave or devise another immigration status that will allow them to remain.
Last year, a California court blocked the Trump administration from ending TPS status for immigrants from the aforementioned countries, determining the termination was led by the president's anti-immigrant political agenda.
This latest announcement by the DHS is their attempt to be in compliance with the court's ruling.
These are hectic times for those of questionable immigration status here in New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana. If you wish to remain unchallenged here in the U.S., it is advisable to work closely with your immigration attorney to make sure you remain in compliance with all changes to immigration laws.