Protecting Protected Status

Photo by  tom coe  on  Unsplash

Photo by tom coe on Unsplash

The administration’s war on immigrants continues, with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) targeting those in the U.S. with Temporary Protected Status (TPS). TPS allows immigrants fleeing civil wars, natural disasters, or other dangerous situations to remain in the United States and work and travel. An estimated 437,000 people from 10 countries—many of which Trump has described in nasty, racist terms—are protected by TPS. Last week, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen decided to terminate TPS for over 200,000 immigrants from El Salvador, effective September 2019 (a similar move to terminate TPS status for Haitian immigrants was announced in November).

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