Grant Permanent Residence to Central Americans with Temporary Protected Status
  • Petitioning President of the United States

This petition will be delivered to:

President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Rep. Chris Van Hollen
Sen. Barbara Mikulski
Sen. Tim Kaine
Sen. Ben Cardin
Rep. Donna Edwards
Sen. Mark Warner
Rep. Jim Moran
Rep. Steny Hoyer
District of Columbia-01
Rep. Eleanor Norton

Grant Permanent Residence to Central Americans with Temporary Protected Status

    1. Petition by

      Central American Resource Center - CARECEN

We ask Congress to grant permanent residence to those Salvadorans, Hondurans and Nicaraguans who have been here for over a decade under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and have been living in a legal limbo, constantly worried about the stability of their families, households and lives.

TPS class members are protected from deportation, have work authorization and must abide by the laws of this country. Although the status allows them to remain in the U.S., it is temporary and must be renewed by the administration every 18 months. After each renewal, TPS holders must re-register which includes paying all necessary fees, undergo criminal background checks, file tax returns, and demonstrate they are of good moral character.

Although TPS offered relief at a time of uncertainty, its constant reauthorization places TPS class members in an indefinite limbo and limits their ability to fully integrate into U.S. society.  


*        As its name implies, TPS is intended to be temporary and is in the long-term an obstacle to greater self-sufficiency and stability among these Central American families and communities

*        Costs associated with this renovation are high and burdensome for many families: $465/individual registration, every 18 mos.

*         These families who have lived here for over a decade are in a state of limbo, because they do not know what could happen to them after the 18 month period that their status is valid.

*         The only way to secure a more stable and safe future for them is to enable them to become Permanent Residents and which will consequently, put them on the path to U.S. Citizenship.

*          TPS creates confusion and insecurity in the workplace every time the 18 month period is close to expiring, as employers will start to make threats to fire these workers weeks in advance

*          TPS holders are often times having a difficult time to renew their driver’s license when the work permit expires and before they receive the new one. Unfortunately there is always a lag time between the expiration date that appears on the card and the time when they receive the new card.

*          TPS holders are unable to travel to see their families- parents, children, brothers and sisters,  in their home country, which erodes the unity and stability of families

*          TPS limits the educational opportunities for our youth who under this status cannot access college scholarships because they do not fit into any of the categories eligible for funding.

*          In the case of mixed status families, TPS holders married to a US citizen or permanent resident are not able to adjust their status under the current USCIS procedures, and, every 18 month these families fear separation by a potential ending of the TPS program. 


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • brenda chicas LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      I am signing this petition because I was brought to the US when I was 3. I entered illegally with my mother and I am now 30 years old. I have been able to stay in the US under TPS only. I couldn't continue my education and I aspire to become a Lawyer. I think to myself, if I were in my country of El Salvador being a citizen there I would already be a Lawyer. I consider the US my home country as I have resided here for almost 28 years now. I have dreams and can only hope to one day take advantage of the great benefits a US citizen obtain. I have never received public assistance nor do I ever intend to. Please grant TPS holders with good moral character an opportunity to adjust and become US Citizens one day. My hope, my dream.

    • Jessica Moore SEVIERVILLE, TN
      • about 1 month ago

      Most families this affects are already hard working "americans". Lets give them peace of mind. Its the non- working true citizens we need to worry about.

    • Krisna Portillo CARSON, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      Need residence

    • Dan Cianchette PARKVILLE, MD
      • 2 months ago

      It's the right thing to do.

    • Robert Shaw NAPLES, FL
      • 2 months ago

      Have students, all high achievers, who want attend college yet cannot obtain financial aid or scholarships..Lawyers all say they need to marry.


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