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Trump administration limits possibilities of obtaining permanent residence to TPS beneficiaries

The Government continues to make it difficult for people from other countries to continue their lives in the United States

The ‘Tepesianos’ will continue to be exposed to deportation even if they get ‘advance parole’.

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Many aliens protected in the United States with Temporary Protected Status (TPS, for its acronym in English) stayed this Monday practically no possibility of obtaining permanent residence after the Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announce that the beneficiaries who have left and entered the country with permission from the Government they will not be able to request the call green card.

In this way, the federal agency closes a small window used by lawyers with travel permits (advance parole), which allows these people leave the country and return legally.

“The lawyers argued that with the entry to the country legally the order of deportation that was against the carriers of TPS was practically nullified which allowed them to adjust their status if they were eligible ”, explains to Efe Fernando Romo, advisor to the Association of Salvadorans of Los Angeles (ASOSAL).

What USCIS notified this Monday is that it will no longer accept these arguments and that the deportation orders against some TPS beneficiaries will remain in effect even if they get the travel permit and re-enter the country with authorization.

For his part, USCIS Deputy Director Joseph Edlow alleges in a statement that the advance parole “Should not become a path to obtain residency permanent legal status or citizenship ”since“ temporary protected status is, by its very nature, temporary ”.

But Romo considers that the new federal measure is another attack on TPS that “further limits the possibility that the ‘Tepesianos’ will achieve adjust your status when they are a few months away from losing their protection ”.

“This decision does not affect TPS beneficiaries who adjusted their status by going to legal permanent residence under the above practices or who have pending adjustment of status applications“, Clarified the lawyer.

There are more than 320,000 people in the US covered by TPS. The 195,000 Salvadorans, 57,000 Hondurans and 46,000 Haitians covered by the program will end their protection in January 2021.

With information from Efe