Friday, February 26, 2016
A number of immigration and other professors have sent a letter to President Obama about the "TPS Designation Will Provide Some Needed Relief to Humanitarian Refugee Crisis." It begins:
Dear Mr. President:
We are a group of professors at U.S. law schools and universities with experience teaching,
researching and practicing in the areas of immigration, human rights, and international law.
We write to offer our counsel to you and your administration as you respond to the refugee
emergency involving unaccompanied children and families with children from Central
We recognize the challenges are complex, and that you have taken some notable steps to
respond to the ongoing humanitarian crisis, such as the recent decision to engage with the
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to screen those fleeing extreme
and growing violence in Central America to determine if they are eligible for U.S. protection.
While these steps may help as part of a regional response to the ongoing crisis, the United
States has laws and policies in place to provide immediate protection to individuals who
have fled the horrific and escalating violence in the region and are here.
We urge that that the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in
consultation with the Secretary of State, designate the countries of: El Salvador, Guatemala,
and Honduras (an area known as the “Northern Triangle”) for Temporary Protected Status
(TPS). These three countries warrant TPS designation in light of the pervasive violence that
has precipitated a humanitarian crisis of persons fleeing the Northern Triangle countries.