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Study considers that people with TPS should receive permanent residence

88.5% of residents with TPS are part of the workforce, more than undocumented immigrants (72%) and naturalized citizens (65.1%)

The report also found that 31.9% of TPS beneficiaries are homeowners.

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In consideration of the time they have lived in the United States and their ties to the country, the beneficiaries of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) should be able to obtain permanent residence in the United States, concluded an analysis of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

The study carried out by the Latino Policy Initiative (LPPI) considers that of the nearly 400,000 immigrants benefiting from TPS, “More than 70% have lived here for more than 20 years and approximately two-thirds have children born in the United States.”

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The average number of years living in the U.S. for beneficiaries is 20.3 vs. 14.8 years for unauthorized immigrants and 30 years of naturalized citizen immigrants, the report says.

These links with the country give an idea of ​​the destabilizing effect for these people and their families that changes to the TPS proposed by the Administration of President Donald TrumpSonja Díaz, founding director of LPPI, commented this Thursday.

Similarly, the research found that 88.5% of residents with TPS they are part of the labor force, more than unauthorized immigrants (72%) and naturalized citizens (65.1%).

“At a time when immigrants have played a key role in maintaining the economy as essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to understand what is at stake when safeguards such as the Temporary Protected Status”Diaz said.

Additionally, the analysis highlighted that 10.8% of TPS beneficiaries are independent workers, compared to only the 7.2% of naturalized immigrants.

For Cecilia Menjívar, author of the study and professor of sociology psychology at UCLA, two suggestions presented by the analysis are key to ensuring the stability of these legal immigrants and their families.

The investigation recommended that TPS be renewed beyond its next expiration in January 2021 to El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan, countries that represent 98% of all participants in this program.

Additionally, the analysis suggests that “permanent residence status be granted to all residents who live protected by temporary status.”

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The researcher argued that offering immigrants full participation in their communities has proven to be “time and again a victory for everyone in the communities where they live.”

The report also found that 31.9% of TPS beneficiaries they are homeowners, as are 34% of unauthorized immigrants and 64.7% of naturalized immigrants.