This is one more in my continuing series on Temporary Protected Status.
My interest is that I have recently learned that this LEGAL immigration program—which I call a scam—is responsible for the very large number of illegal immigrants from El Salvador residing in the DC area.
One of the great challenges for us who wish to control the number of immigrants arriving in the US and taking jobs (we note that Maryland is dead last in the Nation for job creation), overcrowding schools and increasing welfare usage is to increase the knowledge of our voting citizens about the immigration process beyond just throwing buzz words around like “illegal” immigrants and “legal” immigrants. I implore readers to become familiar (granted it’s challenging) with the myriad programs available to those who came to the US illegally and that allow them to stay and dodge deportation.
One such program is Temporary Protected Status! An Amnesty fig leaf!
There is nothing “temporary” about Temporary Protected Status (TPS)! We quote Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, here, in the Miami Herald last year on that point:
“There is nothing temporary about Temporary Protected Status,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for tighter immigration control. “It’s just a fig leaf for the government because they don’t want to deport these illegal immigrants and it gives the government a convenient way to effectively amnesty them.”
Recently I came across this law firm* website ( thanks Ansari) which outlines for prospective clients (and for us!) the requirements of the program. There are lots of immigration lawyers out drumming up TPS business from illegal immigrants from countries such as Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, and in a slightly different category, Liberia.
Here is the outline of TPS:
Purpose of Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a blanket, temporary status that the United States government grants to persons already in the United States that are from countries the United States has determined are unsafe for them to return to.
A country may be designated for TPS if:
~There is ongoing armed conflict within the country that makes it unsafe for persons to return to the country; or
~A natural or environmental disaster has led to a substantial but temporary disruption of living conditions within a country; or
~Other extraordinary and temporary conditions prevent persons from returning to the country in safety.
When the United States designates a country for TPS status, it will also designate a time period in which persons from that country must register for TPS benefits and a termination date—the date when TPS designation for the country will end. The United States may choose to extend a country’s TPS designation beyond the initial period if it determines it is still unsafe for persons to return to the country.
Eligibility for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
To establish your eligibility for TPS, you must:
~provide proof of your identity;
~provide proof that you are a national of a TPS-designated country;
~provide proof that you have been continuously living in the United States since the date of TPS-designation;
~register within the designated registration period (under certain circumstances, you may file an application for TPS after the registration period has ended); and
~not be subject to certain security and criminal grounds that make you inadmissible (you may be ineligible for TPS if you have committed certain crimes).
If you are stateless and cannot meet the second requirement, you may provide proof that you habitually resided in a TPS-designated country.
Registering and Re-registering for Temporary Protected Status
To register for TPS, you must file Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.
If you are granted TPS, and TPS designation for your country is extended beyond the initial period, you must re-register for TPS. To re-register, you must again complete and file Form 821, Application for Temporary Protected Status and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.
If you have been granted TPS, you are eligible to apply for other immigration benefits for which you qualify. For example, you may apply for asylum even if you have been granted TPS. Also, if your asylum application has been denied, you may still be eligible for TPS.
Also, if you are granted TPS, you may travel abroad with permission. This means you will have to complete and file Form I-131, Application for Travel Document.
Termination of Temporary Protected Status
TPS does not lead to permanent resident status or citizenship. When the United States terminates its TPS designation for a country, the status of TPS beneficiaries returns to the status they had before being granted TPS, or any other status they acquired while being registered for TPS. This means that if you did not obtain any other lawful status during the period of TPS designation for your country, you will return to unlawful status upon termination of your country’s TPS designation. [I don’t know of any TPS designation in the last decade that has been terminated and the aliens deported!—ed]
TPS does not lead to citizenship (or the right to vote!) unless during the period (and all those extended periods, as for example Senator Cardin is pushing for), one of the following occurs: the illegal immigrant marries an American citizen, the illegal immigrant is successful in convincing USCIS that he or she is an asylum seeker escaping persecution, or Congress grants amnesty to illegal immigrants. TPS simply buys illegal aliens from designated countries time for any of those three avenues to open.
Those with TPS status are allowed to work and get Drivers licenses.
By the way, on this persecution issue, the claims are getting ever more creative. For example, Salvadorans are claiming they are gay and would be persecuted in El Salvador if we returned them to their home country. And, how can we determine if they are really gay? (We can’t!) Holy cow! Now I see why these same progressives are pushing gay marriage—one more way to legalize more illegals.
* Just last week we learned that a “law firm” was busted right here in Maryland for fraud problems involving TPS.
See all of my recent posts on TPS in our newly created category called, what else!, Immigration fraud.