Excellent News for Thousands of Temporary Protected Status Recipients!
Press Conference will be streamed via Facebook Live
WHAT: TPS Recipients, Faith and Community Leaders Urge TPS recipients who did not re-register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to re-register now!
WHEN: Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at 10:45 a.m.
WHO: TPS families, elected, religious, community leaders!
WHERE: Family Action Network Movement (FANM) office, 100 N.E. 84 Street, Suite 150, Miami, Florida 33138
Family Action Network Movement (FANM) invites you to join us on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, to discuss the developments in the Ramos v Nielsen case related to TPS.
On October 3, Judge Chen in Ramos issued a preliminary injunction ("PI") in the plaintiffs' favor, suspending as unconstitutional, while the injunction is in effect, implementation of Department of Homeland Security's TPS termination decisions for Haiti, El Salvador, Sudan, and Nicaragua.
TPS for Haiti will virtually certainly NOT end on the prior specific date; the government will automatically extend it to approximately 9 months or more. TPS Recipients who didn't re-register in 2017 or 2018 out of fear, confusion, or another good reason can and should seek to re-register now. The government has agreed to give such applications "presumptive weight" as being filed late for good cause meaning they should be granted and then entitled to the TPS extensions.
Marleine Bastien, Executive Director of Family Action Network Movement (FANM), stated, “I’m encouraging TPS Recipients who did not register out of fear in 2017 or 2018 to do so now. This is their last chance, if they do not seize it, they could possibly be out for good this time.”
The U.S. government (“USG”) has appealed Judge Chen's order to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals but has agreed, while the court’s order is in effect, to certain important measures. These measures are reflected in an October 31 Federal Register Notice ("FRN") ("Continuation of Documentation for Beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status Designations for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador”) or in a declaration filed in Ramos by a high-ranking USG official.
These important protective measures include the following:
1 Automatic 9 month extensions, starting in April 2019, unless there is a loss at a court of appeals: "DHS will issue another Federal Register Notice approximately 30 days before April 2, 2019, that will extend TPS for an additional nine months from April 2, 2019, for all affected beneficiaries under the TPS designations for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador. DHS will continue to issue Federal Register Notices at nine-month intervals so long as the preliminary injunction remains in place and will continue its commitment to [an] orderly transition period, as described above." (There's no way the Ninth Circuit will decide by early March, much less the Supreme Court. So the early March additional Federal Register Notice referenced above will issue.)
2 TPS work and legal status will be automatic for those registered—no need to pay for employment authorization cards or further registration: Under the agreement, for as long as the district court’s order is in place, people with TPS who have re-registered previously – or who re-register late – will not need to register again or apply for a new EAD. They can rely on their existing (to-be-expired) EAD or TPS approval notice, as well as the Federal Register Notice, as valid authorization to work or as proof of legal status in the United States. They do not need to pay any further money to the US government, and should not need to pay for additional legal assistance either.
3 Re-registration possible—and likely guaranteed—for people who did not re-register during the Trump Administration: Crucially, Haitians with TPS who didn't re-register in 2017 or 2018 due to fear or other good reason can successfully do so now! If they now re-register for TPS late for good cause, the USG will give their applications "presumptive weight" as being valid! This means that any Haitian TPS recipient who failed to re-register in 2017 or 2018 should be successful in doing so now -- late -- if they explain that they didn't re-register on time due to fear, confusion, or other good reason. (This is extremely important for example for the estimated nearly 16,000 Haitians with TPS who let their TPS status lapse early this year by not trying to re-register!)
4 No new terminations for these countries for now: The USG will not try to write new TPS termination notices for Haiti or the three other nations while the court’s order remains valid.
5 At least 6 months additional protection even if there is a loss at a higher court: "In the event the preliminary injunction is reversed and that reversal becomes final, DHS will allow for an orderly transition period," which effectively amounts to about six months from the date of any such hypothetical future final, non-appealable order. This means that – if the district court’s order is overturned on appeal (at the court of appeals or the Supreme Court), the earliest that TPS holders from these countries could lose their legal status is about 6 months after the appeals court’s decision.
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.