Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Last week, the Trump administration ended Temporary Protected Status for Nicaraguans. Debbie Smith, Associate General Counsel for Immigration Law, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) on the American Constiytution Society Blog responds to the Trump administration's decision and the threats to TPS for noncitizens from countriies from other than from Nicaragua. Smith concludes:
"Congressional representatives have introduced two bills to provide a path to legal residency for TPS beneficiaries and another bill is expected. Representative Carlos Curbelo, (R-FL) introduced bipartisan legislation to grant legal permanent resident status Nicaraguan, Honduran, Salvadoran and Haitian migrants. A second bill sponsored by Representative Velázquez (D-NY) would provide a pathway to legal resident status and citizenship for immigrants from all of the TPS countries and well as those granted another humanitarian benefit, Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).
Advocates continue to fight to preserve TPS and prevent the wholesale removal of hundreds of thousands of TPS beneficiaries from the ten TPS countries, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen. Without public pressure and congressional intervention, the decades-old bipartisan understanding that the U.S. should offer a safe landing to those in critical need will be broken and our national pride diminished."