Immigrants have dealt with high uncertainty under the current presidential administration. Each week, it seems that a new decision threatens the status of refugees, DACA participants or prospective immigrants. A recent concern centers on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as the Trump administration makes major changes.
According to CNN, the Department of Homeland Security has already ended TPS for four countries and is preparing to examine more over the course of 2018. These four countries include El Salvador, Nicaragua, Sudan and Haiti. The DHS repeated the same rationale for these decisions: the countries have sufficiently recovered from whatever caused the government to grant TPS in the first place.
However, many of the immigrants who would lose protected status have already built their lives in America. The end of TPS could split up families between citizen and non-citizen parents. Illinois residents who have grown roots in their community, churches and careers would have to leave it all behind. Many of these immigrants moved to the U.S. as children and have no ties with their original country. Deportation doesn’t make sense for many residents with TPS.
Critics of the DHS’s recent decisions will likely urge the government to extend the time periods for these immigrants, if not reverse termination altogether. This will allow families and individuals to pursue other options that will allow them to stay in America legally.
For many immigrants who have established homes and livelihoods in America, seeking citizenship might present a solution. Those who face the end of their Temporary Protected Status can ask an immigration attorney about applying for permanent residency or green cards based on their unique situation.