Tuesday, December 7

Organizations reach agreement to extend TPS to beneficiaries of El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, Nicaragua and other countries


The Tepesians ask for a permanent solution to their temporary status.

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Foreigners in the United States from El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, Sudan, Nepal and Nicaragua their protection under the TPS (Temporary Protection Program) will soon be renewed by virtue of an agreement between organizations that defend immigrants and the Biden Administration.

The National Alliance for TPS confirmed to the Telemundo network that after a negotiation between their lawyers with the Government, these immigrants will benefit from the extension to TPS.

“The agreement includes an extension of 15 months, until December 2022,” Erik Villalobos, spokesman for the National Alliance for TPS, told Noticias Telemundo.

The Biden Administration plans to officially announce the extension in the coming days, according to the network’s report.

Citizens of countries that have been designated by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as eligible for TPS can apply for it.

Certain emergency conditions in a country such as an ongoing armed conflict (a civil war, for example), a natural disaster (earthquake or hurricane) or an epidemic, and other extraordinary and temporary conditions lead the US authorities to grant the protection.

More than 250,000 Tepesianos are Salvadorans.

The majority of TPS recipients in the US, more than 250,000, are Salvadorans.

In the case of said Central American country, the United States Government granted them the provision after two earthquakes devastated the country in 2001. 80,000 Hondurans and 4,500 Nicaraguans have also benefited from this program, as a result of the destruction left by Hurricane Mitch in 1998.

Immigrants and organizations ask for a definitive solution

However, although the renewal means a relief for the applicants, these people and the organizations that represent them seek a definitive solution to the temporary immigration status.

“We already have more than 20 years with that status,” Juan Ayala Rovira told the same media from Washington DC. “I think it is time for them to act to give us permanent residence,” added the man whose daughter and wife are also protected under TPS.

The Democratic Administration of President Joe Biden has promised a path to citizenship for Tepesianos and other types of undocumented such as “dreamers” (children and young people who entered the US irregularly with their parents).

The measure is included in the $ 3.6 trillion package that the House of Representatives approved last month.

The legislation is expected to be discussed in the Senate shortly. But, at the moment, there is no certainty that the president will get the necessary votes for it to be approved in that legislative body.

In early August, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended the registration period from 180 days to 18 months for new TPS applicants from Venezuela and Burma.

“After re-evaluating the 180-day registration periods for initial TPS applicants announced for the Venezuelan and Burma designations and the Syria redesignation, DHS has determined that limiting the registration period to 180 days may place a burden on the initial applicants… who cannot do it on time, ”reported the Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

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