What is TPS?

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) was established by Congress through the Immigration Act of 1990. TPS is intended to protect foreign nationals in the United States from being returned to their home countries if the home country became unsafe to return to during the time in which the individuals were in the U.S. Under the law,[i] the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may designate a foreign country for TPS in three scenarios:

  1. Ongoing armed conflict (such as a civil war);
  2. An environmental disaster (such as earthquake or hurricane) or an epidemic; or
  3. Other extraordinary and temporary conditions that prevent people from safely returning home to the country.

Temporary Protected Status Statute: 8 U.S. Code § 1254a

Informational Resources

Updated!! Frequently Asked Questions about TPS available in English and Spanish

Updated!! Temporary Protected Status backgrounder in English and Spanish

For a list of Challenges to TPS Terminations, please see this resource compiled by our friends at CLINIC

USCCB/CRS Letter Advocating for TPS Status for Venezuelans

Migration Chairman and CRS Urge US Government to Designate Temporary Protected Status for Venezuela

Letter to DHS Secretary Nielsen regarding the Extension of TPS for Honduras

USCCB Migration Chairman Endorses Proposed Senate Legislation That Gives Permanent Legal Protection to Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Holders

USCCB letter in support of the Dream Act of 2019, the American Promise Act of 2019, and the Venezuela TPS Act of 2019

Temporary Protected Status Toolkit

See Current TPS Related Legislation & Letters of Support

116th Congress

USCCB/CRS Letter to DHS Advocating for TPS Status for Venezuelans

USCCB Letter of Support for S. 879 Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and Emergency “SECURE” Act

USCCB and CRS Support Venezuela Temporary Protected Status Act of 2019, S. 636

 

115th Congress

Catholic Partner Letter to DHS Requesting Extension of Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador and Honduras

Catholic Partner Letter to DHS Urging Extension of TPS for Haiti

Catholic Partner Letter Requesting Extension Of TPS for El Salvador

 

115th Congress: TPS Legislation Comparison Chart

 

USCCB TPS Delegation Trip Reports

 

Cover Letter – El Salvador/Honduras TPS Report

A delegation from Migration and Refugee Services of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB/MRS) traveled to Honduras and El Salvador from August 13-19, 2017, to examine conditions in both countries related to the possible return of its nationals who are current Temporary Protective Status (TPS) recipients in the United States. The visit was conducted with a view towards gathering information relevant to the U.S. government’s upcoming decision regarding TPS for those two countries.

 

 

 

Cover Letter – TPS Haiti Report

A delegation from Migration and Refugee Services of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB/MRS) traveled to Haiti in September, 2017, to examine conditions  related to the possible return of its nationals who are current Temporary Protective Status (TPS) recipients in the United States. The visit was conducted with a view towards gathering information relevant to the U.S. government’s upcoming decision regarding TPS for those who are Haitian nationals.

 

 

 

USCCB/MRS TPS Webinar (Sept. 27, 2017)