You may have heard that the Trump Administration has made some changes to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for certain countries.
To all those affected by these recent TPS changes — and to all of our immigrant friends and family — I want to be clear: Parenting Journey stands with you. We believe that immigrants make our community stronger and richer. We believe that no one should be forced to return to a country where they may not be safe. We believe that no family should be torn apart on the basis of immigration status. We are here for you.
The federal government announced that it was ending TPS status for Haiti on November 20, 2017 and ending TPS status for El Salvador on January 8, 2018. Both changes include an 18 month delay to give those affected time to explore their options. The government is currently reviewing TPS status for Honduras and we expect a decision soon.
If you think you might be affected, here are some additional resources that may be helpful:
- The National Immigrant Justice Center offers legal assistance on TPS and many other issues to low-income immigrants around the country. Our friends at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Coalition (MIRA) provide a list of Massachusetts organizations that provide legal services.
- Check the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services TPS website and MIRA’s TPS page for important updates and deadlines.
- MIRA encourages anyone in Massachusetts directly affected by changes in TPS designation to join the Comité TPS Massachusetts Facebook group.
- If you are a TPS recipient who wants to share their story, please email Parenting Journey’s interim communications director Kevin Gilnack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parenting Journey unequivocally supports the hundreds of thousands of people who have fled dangerous situations, seeking safety in the United States who are now at risk. To our partners and friends involved in efforts to protect and support immigrant families, thank you.