WASHINGTON DC, – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expanded its Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for recipient nationals from six countries including Haiti.
In a statement, DHS said the extension, which also applies to citizens of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Sudan and Honduras, is “to ensure continued compliance” with orders from two ongoing court cases and is consistent with DHS practices over the past four years”.
According to the DHS, the document sent to the Federal Register should be officially released on Wednesday.
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Beneficiaries from the relevant list of countries are also entitled to an automatic extension of their other TPS-related documentation, including – I-94 Arrival/Departure Records and I-797 Notices of Action if they applied to re-register during one of the previous DHS announced registration periods.
The TPS program provides beneficiaries with work permits and protects them from deportation if their country of origin experiences extraordinary events such as natural disasters or armed conflicts.
In response, Senator Alex Padilla, who chairs a Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, says the extension is a big relief for those on the program.
He said the move was a step in the right direction, but added that more permanent protection was needed.
Following the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced on January 15 “the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals who were in the United States as of January 12, 2010.
Created in 1990, TPS is a deportation assistance program that can be extended to citizens of countries affected by armed conflict, natural disasters or other humanitarian crises.