Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a time-limited immigration status that allows foreign nationals from select countries to remain in the US rather than be sent back into dangerous circumstances, such as war or natural disaster. Since November, Trump’s administration has denied TPS renewal to hundreds of thousands of individuals from Nicaragua, Haiti, and now El Salvador. These people are unable to obtain legal permanent residency in the US before their TPS expires.
The SECURE Act was introduced to allow qualified TPS recipients to apply for lawful permanent residence status. Currently, it is very difficult for individuals with TPS to apply for permanent residence (i.e. a green card). Many individuals with TPS have lived, worked, and paid taxes in the US for years or even decades without a clear path to residency. The SECURE Act would allow qualified TPS recipients to apply for permanent residence, which would in turn allow these valued members of our community to remain in the US without the constant threat of potential deportation.
More information: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/01/09/what-is-tps-and-what-will-happen-to-the-200000-salvadorans-whose-status-is-revoked/?utm_term=.01139031cee2
Call these offices:
Chris Van Hollen
Hello, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from _________________________.
I’m calling today to ask that Senator __________________ vocally support and vote in favor of the SECURE Act, S.2144. Providing TPS recipients a path to legal permanent residency is the right choice both morally and economically. These valued members of our communities deserve the right to a path to citizenship.
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