Temporary Protected Status: What Is at Stake for 320,000 Residents and their Families?

National TPS Conference in DC
Thursday, November 16, 2017 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm PST
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As the Trump administration begins to phase out Temporary Protected Status, many are asking about this form of immigration status. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a form of humanitarian protection that has been extended to residents of countries like Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. TPS is a designation made by the Attorney General, in consultation with other federal agencies, based on a national catastrophe, extraordinary conditions that prevent residents from returning safely, or a request by the country. TPS designation lasts for 18 months and must be renewed in order for holders to remain in lawful status with a valid work permit, each applicant is thoroughly vetted with a background check every 18 months (i.e., Hondurans with TPS have been vetted 13 times), and there is no path to citizenship with TPS.

When the TPS designation is made, anyone from that country who is present in the U.S. is eligible, but anyone who arrives after that date is not eligible and cannot apply for TPS. For this reason, TPS holders from Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras originally arrived and have been living in the U.S. for more than two decades and for many Haitians, at least a decade. They live primarily in 21 states across the nation with the largest populations in California (55,000), Florida (44,800), Texas (44,800), New York (26,000), Virginia (23,500), Maryland (22,500), New Jersey (13,900), and North Carolina (13,100), and in locations as diverse as Georgia (9,200) and Nevada (6,300). They are parents of up to 275,000 U.S.-citizen children and one-third of all TPS holders own homes, among other contributions to local economies as workers and taxpayers. For our November policy call, we will feature our topline policy updates followed by an in-depth discussion about TPS holders, the impact of current policies on TPS families, and what is on the horizon.




Registration is now closed. 

Calls are open to GCIR members, other grantmaking institutions, philanthropic advisors, and members and staff of funder affinity groups and regional associations of grantmakers. (Participation is limited to organizations that share GCIR’s core values.)


Attendees of the 2017 National Convention for TPS Beneficiaries in Washington, D.C. (PhotoCARECEN-LA)


If your grantmaker network is interested in becoming a co-sponsor, please contact Melissa Nop.

Thank You

 A special thanks to GCIR members and funders for their support in making this program possible.