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Temporary Protective Status Survives: Court Injunction Gives Temporary Life to 300,000 TPS Holders

October 3, 2018 Norther District of California - TPS holders and families all over the nation are feeling a sense of hope with the recent immigration court injunction. Judge Edward Chen in regards to the recent case Ramos v. Nielsen pending in the Northern District of California created an injunction to prevent the Trump administration from ending the Temporary Protected Status (TPS). TPS is currently protecting over 300,000 individuals from returning to countries of El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan.

The Department of Homeland Security recently planned to terminate TPS from recipients of El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan. TPS holders of these six countries make up 98% of the TPS population, nearly ending TPS all together. Sudan’s termination would have been scheduled for November 2, 2018 and Honduras’s end following on January 5, 2020.

TPS holders have been residing in the United States for decades where they work, raise children, and feed the economy. The average TPS holder from El Salvador has resided in the United States for 21 years. Salvadoran, Honduran, and Haitian TPS holders together have over 273,200 U.S. citizen children living here in the United States contributing to the family values that withhold throughout our societies.

If TPS holders were no longer able to work, contributions to Social Security and Medicare would cut about 7 million dollars of revenue, crushing the GDP by billions in the next ten years. Ending TPS would not only put families out onto the streets but severely hurt the US economy.

Judge Chen stated that TPS recipients and their families would “indisputably will suffer irreparable harm and great hardship” if TPS was terminated. He also believes that this decision regarding TPS is motivated by discrimination. Judge Chen’s order is a huge step forward for the TPS community and the face of immigration for our country. Families can now have a sense of relief and remain together awaiting the next decision on TPS.

If you have any questions regarding the current state of TPS, please contact Attorney Nicholas J. Mireles at

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