José Palma

Massachusetts TPS Committee

FIGHTING FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCY

The Massachusetts TPS Committee is a group of beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status, independent of community organizations, political parties and religious groups.  

Founded in 2017 by TPS recipients from Massachusetts, the committee is now made up of people from several countries protected by TPS, including El Salvador, Nepal, Haiti and Sudan. Our principle objective is to protect the 450,000+ current TPS holders and their families, and to prepare a path to permanent residency for all beneficiaries. The Committee is now looking for support from Senators and Congressmen. In coordination with the National TPS Alliance, trips to Washington, and constant legislative visits, we were able to facilitate the introduction of H.R.6 and it’s passing through the House.  We have faced many roadblocks- driver’s licenses have not been able to be renewed, banks have not administered loans to TPS holders, our children have not been able to secure their student loans- the list goes on. But we continue to fight and work toward legislative reform. We plan on tackling each of these issues by working with local and federal officials to achieve our ultimate goal: Permanent Residency. 

We need your help to keep our families together. 

WHAT IS TPS?

TPS (Temporary Protected Status), is a humanitarian protection designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security to individuals whose countries are suffering from long lasting conditions that prevent them from returning safely. 

The conditions that might warrant TPS designation are:

  • Ongoing armed conflict (such as civil war)
  • An epidemic or environmental disaster (such as earthquake or hurricane)
  • Other extraordinary and temporary conditions

TPS recipients are entitled to work authorization, protection from removal, and contingent travel authorization. TPS status requires strict periodic renewal. The renewal is decided by the Department of Homeland Security, which determines whether the conditions in that country warrant the continued protections for the individual. 

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Why Not Apply For Permanent Residency

CAN TPS RECIPIENTS APPLY FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCY?

The TPS program does not include a path to permanent residency. Even individuals who have been in the Unites States for more than 20 years are no closer to achieving permanent residency than the day they arrived. TPS is a temporary benefit that does not lead to lawful permanent resident status or give any other immigration status. If eligible, TPS holders are allowed to apply for other immigration benefits or protections.

WHY SUPPORT PERMANENT RESIDENCY?

Many TPS holders have been living and working in the United States for many years. Some have been under TPS for more than 20 years. These TPS recipients are business owners, home owners, tax payers, and they have families, as well as US born children. Every 18 months, each recipient must pay for and complete a new application for their TPS status renewal, which includes a thorough background check. They are an integral part of the American society and a large contributor to its economy. TPS recipients need permanent residency so they can finally leave the state of limbo in which they have been living, and participate more fully and securely in their communities.

WHAT ARE THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF TPS?

There are approximately 450,000 TPS holders from different countries who reside in the United States. In Massachusetts alone, there are more than 12,000 recipients. 

More than 80% of TPS holders have jobs, many have mortgages, pay taxes and work in industries crucial to the economy, such as construction, child care and health care. Collectively, TPS holders have approximately 273,000 US born children.

According to an analysis conducted by the Center for Migration Studies of New York, and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), TPS holders from El Salvador, Haiti, and Honduras constitute approximately 90% of the TPS community. Deporting all recipients of TPS from these countries will:

  1. Cost tax payers $3.1 billion
  2. Result in a $6.9 billion reduction to Social Security and Medicare contributions over a decade
  3. Cause a reduction of $4.5 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over a decade
  4. Cost employers $967 million in turnover cost (the costs that employers incur when an employee leaves a position)

Ending TPS for these immigrants will not only put families at risk of separation through deportation and orphan US born children, but will also have a massive, negative impact on the economy.

What is the economic impact