On November 1, 2019, the Trump administration extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for immigrants from six countries to avoid deportation back to their home country under a humanitarian program. More than 415,000 people in the United States will have TPS until January 4, 2021.
The following are the six countries given TPS extensions:
- El Salvador
TPS is granted to immigrants living in the U.S. from countries that are suffering from armed conflict, natural disasters, or otherwise extraordinary conditions. The extensions comply with preliminary injunctions that blocked the federal government from disbanding the program after several TPS holders filed lawsuits.
On October 28, the Trump administration extended one-year work permits for over 250,000 Salvadorans after El Salvador agreed to work together with U.S. immigration officials to curb illegal immigration through the U.S.-Mexico border. According to the agreement, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will also aid El Salvador’s national police, immigration and customs offices, and border security to counter drug and human trafficking.
However, if the lawsuits against the Trump administration falls through, TPS holders would have 120 days after a court decision to travel to their home countries. Keep in mind, TPS holders from El Salvador will have 365 additional days once a decision is made in their lawsuits.
Current TPS holders from El Salvador do not need to re-register to maintain their status, if they already properly re-registered on July 8, 2016, through September 6, 2016, or January 18, 2019, through March 19, 2018.
On August 1, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the extension of the TPS designation for Syria for 18 months in order to live and work in the U.S. through March 31, 2021.