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DHS Extends TPS for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan through January 2020

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for U.S. residents from Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua, as President Trump's orders to reduce the program languish in court.

DHS filed a notice Thursday extending TPS designations for the four countries until January 2, 2020, and the notice will officially be published in the Federal Register on Friday.

Marleine Bastien, Executive Director of Family Action Network Movement (FANM), stated, “This is tremendous news for the TPS recipients from Haiti Nicaragua and Sudan. This is a temporary relief for these families. At FANM, we believe that Congress must act promptly to find a permanent solution of all TPS Recipients and their families.”

FANM's mission is to empower low to moderate income families socially, financially, and politically and to give them the tools to transform their communities.

Impact of Ramos v. Nielsen Court Order Stopping TPS Terminations

In its Oct. 3, 2018, order, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California enjoined the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from implementing or enforcing the determinations to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador, while the case continued its way through the legal system. DHS may not terminate TPS for these countries while the order remains in effect. The order also requires DHS to continue the validity of documentation showing lawful status and work authorization for affected eligible TPS beneficiaries from those countries. On Oct. 31, 2018, DHS published Federal Register Notice (FRN), Continuation of Documentation for Beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status Designations for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador (83 FR 54764).

Beneficiaries under the TPS designations for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador will retain their TPS while the preliminary injunction remains in effect, provided that an individual’s TPS is not withdrawn under INA section 244(c)(3) or 8 CFR 244.14 because of individual ineligibility.

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