Coffman Introduces ‘TPS Extension Act of 2018’

Uniformly Extends Program Through 2021

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Washington, September 4, 2018 | Daniel Bucheli (202-226-6694) | comments

Washington, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) introduced H.R. 6696, the TPS Extension Act of 2018. The legislation, if enacted, would extend the government program known as Temporary Protection Status (TPS) for all current participating countries through September 15, 2021. Currently, the ten countries that participate in the TPS all have expiring dates extending into 2020, with the most pressing being Sudan, expiring November of 2018.

“This legislation is aimed at providing certainty and stability to those living under TPS, as Congress and the Administration debate a path forward. Having separate expiration dates for different countries causes unnecessary hardship on a population already facing uncertainty about their futures,” said Coffman.

Congress created TPS in 1990 as part of the ‘Immigration Act of 1990’ (P.L. 101-649). TPS is a uniform system for granting temporary legal status to foreign nationals who are unable to return to their home countries due to armed conflict, civil war, hurricanes, earthquakes or other natural disasters. Under the law, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the sole discretion to determine when citizens of other countries are TPS eligible. Once such a determination is made, these individuals can receive permission to live and work in the U.S. for a period of six to 18 months. DHS can renew the TPS status for these individual indefinitely until it determines that the factors that prevented these individuals from returning to their native country no longer are in place.   

“In Colorado, approximately 1,400 residents are current TPS holders. These are employees, small business owners and homeowners that have set their roots in this country legally and need certainty, in some cases many have been here for as long as 20 years. Not to mention, they are parents to over 1,600 U.S.-born children and some even have grandchildren in this country,” added Coffman.

Currently all who reside in the U.S. under TPS have paid a processing fee, have gone through a background and criminal check and have been granted work documents from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). According to a Congressional Research Service report, there are currently over 436,000 total TPS enrollees, of which approximately 90% are from El Salvador (262k), Honduras (86k), Haiti (58k) and Nicaragua (5k).

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