Curbelo Celebrates Court Decision Allowing TPS Recipients to Stay

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Miami, Florida, October 4, 2018 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments

Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), lead sponsor of bipartisan legislation that would grant legal permanent resident status to Nicaraguan, Salvadoran, Honduran and Haitian immigrants granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS), issued the following statement celebrating a court decision blocking the Trump Administration’s previous decision to end TPS status for more than 300,000 recipients from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan: 

“This is welcome news for South Florida and  communities like it across the country who know firsthand what an important role our TPS neighbors play in our local economy and society,” Curbelo said. “Still, it is unacceptable that TPS recipients, their families, friends and employers have to live court decision-to- court decision waiting in uncertainty and fear. Congress must act to provide TPS recipients who have been here for decades contributing to our nation a path to legal permanent status, which is why I introduced the ESPERER Act to do just that.”

The bipartisan Extending Status Protection for Eligible Refugees (ESPERER) Act would allow over 300,000 qualified Nicaraguan, Honduran, Salvadoran and Haitian migrants that arrived to the United States and received TPS protection prior to January 13, 2011, to adjust their status to legal permanent resident status. ESPERER, means “hope” in French.


Temporary Protected Status (TPS) provides a safe haven for migrants who are unable to return home due to potentially dangerous situations in their native countries – whether it be armed conflict, natural disasters, or other extraordinary circumstances – so long as granting of TPS is consistent with U.S. national interests.

To obtain TPS, eligible migrants report to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), pay a processing fee, and receive registration documents and a work authorization. The major requirements for migrants seeking TPS are proof of eligibility – a passport issued by the designated country, continuous physical presence in the United States since the date TPS went into effect, timely registration, and being otherwise admissible as an immigrant.

Migrants who received TPS are not on an immigration track that leads to permanent residence or citizenship.

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