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Syrian Temporary Protected Status Extended: Reversal Of Trumpism (Next Stop: Asylum?)


The fundamental premise behind Temporary Protected Status is quite simple.

If the United States is truly the leader of the free world, it has a political obligation to lend a helping help to less fortunate nations.

Especially in their moments of crisis.

Like Syrian citizens who have escaped from a brutal civil war in their home country.
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How TPS Beneficiaries Can Win Permanent Residence (Even If TPS Is Terminated)

On September 14, 2020, the Ninth Circuit of Appeals struck a near-fatal body blow to the dreams of the Temporary Protected Status beneficiaries, leaving many of them groping for air as the program nears its death bed.

Though more vulnerable than ever before, TPS beneficiaries need not give up the fight.

However, to survive, they must realize that their best defense is a good offense.

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From TPS To Asylum In Canada: Betrayal, Hope, And Fear


Is Canada the TPS solution?

A few days ago, Samuel, a client from Haiti, visited my San Bernardino immigration office. He wanted to talk about the future of the Temporary Protected Status program.

He worried that winning permanent residency was not in the cards. Samuel knew about the latest efforts to derail the TPS path to green cards through marriage.

Fearing deportation and a forced return to his home country, he confided he had been working on Plan B. [continue reading…]

Honduras TPS And Nicaragua TPS: The End Or A New Beginning?


Nearly 20 years old, Honduras TPS and Nicaragua TPS are two of the longest-standing TPS programs.

However, termination dates for both programs have been set.

Nicaragua Temporary Protected Status benefits was designated for closure on January 5, 2019.

Honduras Temporary Protected Status has been scheduled to end on January July 5, 2020.

But due to pending lawsuits, the issue when and if TPS benefits for both nations will terminate is unclear.

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Haiti Temporary Protected Status Extended . . . For Now

From its beginning, the history of Haiti Temporary Protected Status has resembled a political roller coaster ride.

The stability which TPS was created to provide a community during a crisis has been deficient and unsteady throughout the program’s nine-year existence.

As a result, the 2017 announcement that the program would be terminated on July 22, 2019 did not surprise Haitian community leaders.  Many believe Haiti TPS has been a disfavored programs since its inception. [continue reading…]

A Friend In Need: Why TPS For The Philippines Should Be Granted


People often hurt those closest to them in ways they would not harm others.

It is not uncommon, psychologists suggest, for individuals to treat relative strangers with more cordiality and respect than their best friends and loved ones.

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Sudan – South Sudan: Temporary Protected Status Policy Disorder?


South Sudan TPS Renewed
Sudan TPS Terminated

South Sudan TPS Renewed

Most Recent Registration Period: November 2, 2020 – January 4, 2021
Current Expiration Date: May 2, 2022

Sudan TPS Terminated

Most Recent Registration Period: October 11, 2017 – December 11, 2017
Termination Date: November 2, 2018

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Somalia Temporary Protected Status Extended To 2021


Temporary Protected Status For Somalia is our country’s oldest TPS program.

According to Rand Beers, former director of the U.S Department of Homeland Security, the extensions of TPS have been warranted because the conditions in Somalia that prompted the TPS designation remain ongoing.

There continues to be a substantial, but temporary, disruption of living conditions in Somalia based upon ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in that country that prevent Somalis who have TPS from safely returning. [continue reading…]