Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, is a form of humanitarian relief established by Congress as part of this act. The life-saving program grants legal status to people from designated countries facing ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster, or other extraordinary conditions preventing their safe return.
In November 2012, Dreamers began coming forward with the government’s promise of protection, passing a rigorous background check and paying a fee. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program allowed Dreamers to contribute to our economy and communities.
Business leaders across America — including Facebook and Microsoft — came together and sent a letter to President Trump and Congress urging them to protect Dreamers and pass a bipartisan Dream Act or similar legislation.
Citing lawsuit threats from the State of Texas, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the recission of DACA, putting the lives of nearly 800,000 hardworking young Dreamers at risk. Since then, Americans across the country have taken action to protect Dreamers.
The Senate debated and voted on several amendments, yet all failed to pass.
The administration's deadline for Congress to pass permanent protections for Dreamers arrives, yet Congress fails to protect Dreamers.
A bipartisan group of Members of Congress, led by Rep. Jeff Denham, introduce a discharge petition to force a vote on H.Res. 774, which would allow for the House to vote and debate immigration legislation — including protections for Dreamers.
Texas and six other states file lawsuit in Judge Andrew Hanen’s court to end DACA, seeking nationwide injunction against renewals.
Judge Bates issues an order rejecting the government’s request for the court to reconsider its previous decision that the memorandum terminating the DACA program must be vacated, potentially paving the way for the original DACA program to be fully reinstated.
A federal judge blocks the termination of TPS for people from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan, citing dangerous hardships and struggle for those affected.
All Democrats — and seven Republicans — voted for this crucial legislation. It was just the fourth time in more than three decades that major immigration legislation that provides permanent protections for immigrant communities has passed even one chamber of Congress. This law would protect vulnerable individuals from deportation, and would give Dreamers and TPS holders a path to citizenship.
The Supreme Court granted the Trump Administration’s request that it review lower court decisions relating to the termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The court will likely next hear oral arguments and could decide on the fate of the DACA program either fall of 2019 or between January and June of 2020.
DACA recipients and TPS holders are our friends, neighbors, and important members of our communities.
"In January 2018, I became the first undocumented student to graduate law school in Virginia, and one of four to do so in the nation."
“And to all the Dreamers out there, we stand with you.”
“Not only would repealing DACA be devastating for over 800,000 Americans, it would devastate our economy. We would lose jobs... America is stronger when we value the contributions of all of our immigrants.”