Sending Office: Honorable James P. McGovern
Challenges & Contributions of TPS Holders
Thursday, March 14, 2019
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
421 Cannon HOB
Please join me for a special briefing on the challenges and contributions of beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) on
Thursday, March 14th, from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM in 421 Cannon HOB.
Members of Congress, congressional staff, interns and the interested public are welcome to attend. A distinguished panel of experts will discuss the current situation of TPS in the U.S. courts, the contributions of long-term TPS holders to our communities,
and the impact of potential mass deportations and returns on receiving countries:
- Cristian Mauricio Schlick Saldia, attorney, International Human Rights Office, (Jesuit) University of Central America, San Salvador, El Salvador (IDHUCA)
- Ivan Espinosa-Madrigal, Executive Director, Lawyers for Civil Rights, Boston, MA
- Geoff Thale, Vice President for Programs, Washington Office on Latin America
- Danielle LeClair, Assistant Director of the Legislative and Political Department, LIUNA
Currently, over 436,000 immigrants reside legally in the United States as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries. They live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. The largest populations live in traditional
immigrant gateway states, such as California, Florida, Texas and New York. At least six other states have at least 10,000 TPS recipients: Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Georgia. But even states as diverse as Vermont, Montana
and Hawaii are home to scores of TPS holders.
While most TPS designations over the past three decades have been of a relatively short nature until social stability, security and recovery from natural disaster were regained in various countries, there are a handful of cases where a series
of natural disasters, violence and conflict have made it dangerous, even life-threatening, to return TPS holders to their homelands, resulting in a series of TPS extensions. These long-term TPS holders remained legally in the United States, undergoing security
reviews every 18 months over nearly two decades. They put down roots and became integral, productive members of our cities, towns and communities: business owners, teachers, PTA members, nurses, construction workers – simply put, respectable families with
U.S. citizen children and spouses.
Unexpectedly and shockingly, ignoring the precedents of past Republican and Democratic Administrations and the recommendations of U.S. embassies in-country, the Department of Homeland Security terminated TPS for several long-term beneficiaries
whose homelands remain in turmoil, most notably: Sudan, Haiti, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras, among others. U.S. court review of these decisions found enough evidence of deception to place an injunction against implementing the termination and deportation
of these immigrants. However, the threat of imminent deportation still confronts these individuals and families. In addition, the countries to which they might be deported are not only ill-prepared to receive such large numbers of returnees, they are also
among some of the most dangerous places in the world.
I hope you can join me on March 14th to listen to these experts and join in the discussion about the challenges facing TPS holders and their home countries.
James P. McGovern
Member of Congress
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