About 411,000 immigrants had TPS status in 2020. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is an immigration program that allows some immigrants to reside in the United States while their home country is in crisis. Most TPS immigrants emigrated from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria or Yemen. The Trump administration tried to end the TPS program and ordered the deportation of 98% of TPS recipients by ending the status for every country except Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Crista Ramos is one of the individuals who lost her TPS status and was ordered deported, and her TPS deportation case lawsuit Ramos v. Nielsen with 14 plaintiffs representing TPS holders from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan, and their U.S.-citizen children.
Ramos v. Nielsen prevented the deportations during the Trump presidency. Filed by the National Day Laborers Organizing Network, the Central American Resource Center, the National T.P.S. Alliance and the American Civil Liberties Union, the lawsuit won an injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in 2018. The Biden administration added two new countries to the TPS program in March, Venezuela and Myanmar.
The TPS case Sanchez v. Mayorkas was heard by the Supreme Court on Monday, April 19. The Supreme Court will decide whether TPS beneficiaries are eligible to apply for Green Cards even if they initially entered the country illegally. Oral argument on whether individuals who initially entered the United States without permission and subsequently were granted TPS are eligible to adjust to lawful-permanent-resident status without leaving the United States for a 3-10 year penalty period.
President Joe Biden supports individuals in TPS and has called for permanent status for these individuals.
A decision by the Supreme Court is expected by June 2021.
If you have questions about your eligibility to remain in the United States, please contact our office. We can schedule an evaluation or attorney consultation to answer your immigration questions. Contact Godoy Law Office at 630-912-0322, our skilled immigration lawyers in Chicago, Lombard and Oak Brook can answer any questions about immigration and guide you through every step of the process.
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