New York, NY— Today, the Biden administration announced that they would rescind the prior Administration’s termination of, and extend, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaragua, El Salvador, Nepal and Honduras for 18 months. The New York Immigration Coalition applauds this decision, which will protect the more than 330,000 people who currently have TPS from these countries, while demanding more expansive relief for the over 11 million people who call our country home but lack permanent protections or a pathway to citizenship.
Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:
“The Biden administration’s decision to extend the program for current TPS recipients from Nicaragua, El Salvador, Nepal and Honduras is a welcome one, and will provide critical relief to more than 330,000 people in the United States currently displaced from their home country. TPS has given people whose home countries are at risk of violence or natural disaster the chance to build futures in the United States. We urge the Biden administration to go even further in this life saving action, and designate and redesignate TPS for Venezuela, Haití, Guatemala, Mali, Mauritania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Sudan and Senegal. However, as its very name makes clear, TPS is only a temporary solution – this extension, while needed, only gives our communities 18 months of safety, leaving them vulnerable to political whims. President Biden must open up pathways to citizenship for the more than 11 million TPS holders, DACA recipients, and undocumented people who have made our country their home but lack meaningful legal protections.”