Biden Admin Extends Temporary Protected Status for Some Migrants

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( – On June 13, the Biden administration announced its decision to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to allow migrants from four countries, including Nepal, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, extended temporary legal status.

TPS was first terminated by the Trump administration in May 2018 and went into effect in January 2020. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Tuesday that TPS designations would be extended and that those migrants who previously benefited from this status would be able to re-register. This will not impact migrants who are not already in the US.

The DHS noted that they were monitoring the cases in order to determine whether TPS designations were appropriate and they are working according to the litigation that challenges them. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas further said that by extending Temporary Protected Status, they would have the ability to provide protection to migrants from those four countries who are already in the United States and are unable to return because of the environmental disasters in their countries of origin.

The DHS stated that announcements about the eligibility criteria and procedures to be followed by those who want to be re-registered will be published by the Federal Register. The extensions are going to vary for beneficiaries from each country.

The Hill reported that those from El Salvador, around 239,000 immigrants, will be allowed to re-register for an extension from Sept. 10, 2023, through March 9, 2025. Seventy-six thousand beneficiaries from Honduras could benefit from the extension from Jan. 6, 2024, through July 5, 2025. From Nepal, a total of 14,500 would be allowed to re-register from Dec. 25, 2023, to June 24, 2025, while from Nicaragua around 4,000 immigrants could re-register from Jan. 6, 2024, to July 5, 2025.

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