In the News: Status Stripped from 400,000 Immigrants


The Trump Administration has stripped “temporary protected status” from people from El Salvador, Haiti, and Sudan, many of whom first received protection in the 1980s. Many of these immigrants have been safely and legally in this country ever since.

 The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld this decision.

The protections end officially on March5, 2021, unless you are from Sudan. Sudanese immigrants have until November 2021 to voluntarily leave the country, seek a shift in status, or face deportation.

“The court’s ruling could force many people who have been in the country for years, if not decades, to contemplate leaving their jobs, homes, and communities to return to impoverished countries that are ill-prepared to absorb them. It could also result in the separation of families because beneficiaries have about 200,000 U.S.-born children.” –The New York Times

There’s a good chance this case will be picked up by the Supreme Court, but the outcome isn’t certain. The November election could also impact the outcome, but it’s important not to rely on election results.

If there is any chance you might be impacted by this decision you should meet with a qualified immigration attorney immediately to evaluate your options.  

Some TPS recipients may have other status designations which can protect them. For example, many TPS recipients applied for asylum at the same time. That visa would still be valid. 

If you’ve been working on an employment visa you may be able to remain on that visa, or have a case for becoming a permanent resident if you currently meet the green card qualifications. If you act fast you may be able to solve your problem before it becomes an issue. 

If you’re facing this situation you’ve no doubt formed an entire life in the United States. That life isn’t just something that you stand to lose. Much of it may be used to defend you against deportation if you and your immigration attorney are able to work closely together early enough to take advantage of it. 

If you have questions or concerns about your immigration status, don’t delay. Time is always of the essence, and moving fast can be the difference between success and a heartbreaking failure. Remember, we are open for business and are working virtually through the Covid-19 pandemic. You can start working on your case without even having to leave the comfort of your home. 

Contact Hykel Law today to get started.

See also:

New Immigration Fees Philadelphia Immigrants Should Know About

Coping With Loss of Status in a Crisis 

How to Get a Green Card for Your Fiancee


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