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Some TPS Holders Get Reprieve to Jan. 2020

The Department of Homeland Security is extending the status for TPS (temporary protected status) holders from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador through Jan. 2, 2020. DHS acted in response to the preliminary injunction filed Oct. 3, 2018 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Ramos v. Nielsen.

While the initial response was positive, TPS holders and their allies noted that the move didn’t go far enough. The New York Immigration Coalition tweeted in part: “This is a step in the right direction, but we need PERMANENT protections for TPS recipients!”

José Palmaspokesperson for the National TPS Alliance was quoted in the post:“While we welcome this victory, it cannot distract from the urgency and need for robust legislative reform that provides permanent solutions for all TPS holders. TPS Holders continue to be at the forefront fending off the racist attacks against our communities, racing against the clock.”

And a Sudanese TPS holder and plaintiff in the case, Hiwaida Elarabi, noted in the post that “this extension gives space to breathe to some of us,” adding that there are “thousands of TPS holders who are not included in this lawsuit [who] are still in limbo without any court protections.”

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