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Keep Them Here: A Brief Discussion of Temporary Protected Status
by James D'Haiti
Wednesday Dec 12th, 2018 1:02 PM
This is a brief discussion of the situation that TPS recipients are going through.
Keep Them Here

Temporary Protected Status is a legal status given to individuals who flee their countries as a result of natural disaster and war. Many people have been granted this status over the years including Salvadorians, Nicaraguans, Haitians and more. With the situation in these countries too dangerous for people to return, TPS gives these 300,000+ people a chance to lead normal lives. They benefit the country’s economy greatly and also have very established livelihood’s in the United States. Many have mortgages they’re paying, kids to support, and run businesses.

As a result their ties to the US culture is significant. After a certain period of time, TPS has to be renewed and the US government determines eligibility by observing the conditions in TPS receiving countries. Since the 90’s, it has been renewed with no problem as it has been determined that conditions in these countries are not suitable for the return of their citizens.

Since Trump has entered office, he has essentially cut TPS for most if not all receiving countries. This is very detrimental to these recipients as it basically provides them with two options: leave the country as soon as their status expires or live in the country illegally. The situations in countries like Haiti and El Salvador have not improved enough to be able to provide for the return of their citizens at all. These individuals have done so much good for America and losing their contribution to the economy would be detrimental for the nation as a whole. They deserve to live here and take care of their families.


James D’Haiti, Sonoma State University

12/12/2018

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