Sending Office: Honorable Mike Coffman
I invite you to cosponsor H.R. 6696, the TPS Extension Act. This legislation, if enacted, would extend the government program known as Temporary Protection Status (TPS) for all current beneficiaries through September 15, 2021. Currently, the ten countries
that participate in TPS all have expiring dates ranging from November 2018 (Sudan) into 2020 (Honduras, Yemen).
This legislation is aimed at providing certainty and stability to those living under TPS, as Congress and the Administration debate a path forward. Having separate expiration dates for different countries is causing unnecessary hardship on a population
already facing uncertainty about their futures, and the Administration has acted to end long-standing designations – in some cases up to 20 years – throwing families into chaos as they must decide whether to remain in the U.S. illegally or return to a country
where they have no home and no job.
Congress created TPS in 1990 as part of the
Immigration Act of 1990. TPS is a uniform system for granting temporary legal status to foreign nationals who are unable to return to their home countries due to armed conflict, civil war, hurricanes, earthquakes or other natural disasters. Under the
law, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the sole discretion to determine when citizens of other countries are TPS eligible. Once such a determination is made, these individuals can receive permission to live and work in the U.S. for a period of
six to 18 months. DHS can renew the TPS status indefinitely until it determines that the factors that prevented these individuals from returning to their native countries no longer are in place.
Currently all who reside in the U.S. under TPS have paid a processing fee, have gone through a background and criminal check, and have been granted work documents from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). According to a Congressional Research
Service report, there are currently over 436,000 total TPS enrollees, of which approximately 90% are from El Salvador (262k), Honduras (86k), Haiti (58k) and Nicaragua (5k).
6th Congressional District of Colorado
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