by Jennifer Garcia
After spending the majority of their lives raising their children and living in the United States from the danger of their home countries in Nicaragua, Haiti, El Salvador and Sudan, 3,000,000 of these immigrants are being out. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) are granted to those who come to the U.S seeking sanctuary and opportunities to receive work permits if their countries are experiencing natural disasters or armed conflict, among other rare events. However, the current presidential administration has made renewals difficult and motioned to protected status from these four countries. Before, TPS grants were typically renewed and granted every 18 months to those whose countries were still typically in bad shape. Now, those whose permits aren’t considered relevant to the time granted will be revoked. With anguish and fear in the air, federal judge Edward Chen ruled to block the President’s motion, protecting these refugees, for now.
From ending DACA, to the plan of a wall, to ending TPS for those from countries with civil unrest and a dangerous government (including Honduras and Nepal), the presidential administration has never made their goals clearer. Edward Chen explained that rejecting TPS recipients left them all with the choice of either tearing them and their children “away from the only country and community they have known,” or leaving their children behind in the U.S. The problem then grew from reverting to a state of conflict and living in the midst of revolutions to the lives of thousands being potentially destroyed.
Although the judge’s decision maintained some aspect of the promise of the American Dream, many TPS recipients feel frightened it will not last long. Many feel they cannot go back to a country where its citizens are not safe but cannot stay in a country where many take the temporary in temporary protection very literally.
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