The Potential Impact of Changes to the TPS Benefit for Immigrants

What does TPS Mean for Immigrants?

TPS has recently made news, since our current President has taken office.  Promises to crackdown on “illegal” immigration has thrown many families into panic. Many feel uncertain of what the future may hold for them and their loved ones.

What is TPS?

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is granted by the Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Secretary) to eligible foreign born individuals, who are unable to return home safely due to conditions or circumstances preventing their country from adequately handling the return.”

Countries that have been a part of this program have been El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti, Sudan, Honduras, Nepal, Syria, Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia. However, with current administration changes the future of many of these families are no longer able to stay in the US and risk deportation.

How much time do the families affected by TPS have?

The US government can extend the timeline for families by 18 months. For families that were once protected by TPS from the countries of El Salvador, Sudan, Nicaragua and Haiti; those protections are coming to a fast end. El Salvador, which has the most people here protected by TPS, is facing expiration in March of 2018.

Originally in 1990 the countries that would become a part of this list was determined by US Attorney General. However, as of October 2017, that power has shifted to the Secretary of Homeland Security.

With the future so uncertain, what can families do to avoid deportation?

Unfortunately, with TPS expiring fear has taken over many in our communities. There are steps you can take to to start planning on the next course of action.

The most important step of all, would be to sit down and meet with an immigration lawyer. They can help you figure out what you and your family should do in case you are no longer able to stay in the US.

Talk with friends and family to come up with a plan. In the event you are detained, knowing what to do, could greatly help your children. Knowledge of who will obtain custody will help ease this process.  It will give you a little peace of mind knowing that your children will be safe.

Finally, come up with a contingency plan.  Waiting until the last minute to plan may cause unnecessary stress to you and your family.  Even if TPS is extended for six months or 18 months, planning will offer you and your loved ones security.You will know what’s to come.

Even though the future may seem daunting, we can some together to make sure a plan is in place to help give a peace of mind for you and your family. Give us a call at to schedule an appointment to go over your options.