According to a document submitted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Thursday, November 10th, the United States has declared that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Sudan, and Nepal will be extended until June 30, 2024. As a result of the Biden administration’s decision to provide temporary deportation protection to the immigrants of six nations, hundreds of thousands of individuals will be able to recover and live in protection in the United States for some time. Temporary Protected Status claimants can be given work permits and are eligible to stay in the United States without having to worry about getting deported.
Prior to the extension, more than 300,000 residents of the six nations were in danger of losing their legal status in the U.S. when former President Donald Trump’s administration attempted to revoke their TPS in 2017 and 2018, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The reason these six nations were granted a TPS extension is due to the threatening conditions in their home countries making it too dangerous for them to return safely. Some of these scenarios include severe cases of armed conflict and environmental disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes.
Plaintiffs in one of the petitions claim that President Joe Biden’s administration withdrew from settlement talks last month, depriving TPS registrants from those countries of extra safeguards and lowering the likelihood that they would lose their status. According to USCIS data, the extension will affect nearly 392,000 persons, 242,000 of whom are El Salvadoran nationals.