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.
WHY ACTION IS NEEDED:
* 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.