Central Americans and the Temporary Protected Status Program.Central Americans and the Temporary Protected Status Program.

By The Fogle Law Firm, LLC

We are quickly reaching the end of a year that has seen a good deal of activity from Trump and his administration pertaining to his aggressive anti-immigration agenda. This is not surprising to those who paid attention to rhetoric from his campaign that was saturated with his war-on-immigration rants.

There is a new fear as an immigration program that has helped many for decades comes up for renewal under the Trump administration. In the recent months we have seen increases in raids targeting sanctuary cities, attempts to cut federal funding to force cities to cooperate with his agenda and policy proposals and even the end of a program designed to protect those who were brought here as children. This causes great concern, if the short history of this administration has shown us anything about our current president.

The program in question and up for renewal for certain countries is the Temporary Protected Status program or “TPS as it is commonly called.  Similar to the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, which was established to protect from deportation immigrants brought to the U.S as children, the TPS program is designed to protect immigrants coming from being returned to their countries that have been ravaged by natural disasters or war.

This is especially hard on central Americans who, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, make up 70 percent of TPS beneficiaries. For instance, the U.S government offered the status almost two decades ago to Honduras and Nicaraguans after their countries were decimated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 and to Salvadorans after a deadly 2001 earthquake.

Atlanta immigration attorney and immigrant advocate Glenn Fogle says he will be keeping his fingers crossed as the renewal decisions nears closer.

                  “I cannot help but sit on the edge of my seat after witnessing Trump and his administration spend this year aggressively attacking programs and initiatives that have always been in place to help people,” he said. Fogle continued, “Frankly I’m tired of having to give disappointing news to clients and associates who are counting on our president and his administration to enact fair comprehensive immigration laws.,”

Although many believe the program could use some tuning and/or revision to avoid the situation where TPS turns into nearly 20 years for some beneficiaries, the program has provided last protection for many and allowed them to work in the U.S. and benefit our economy.

“I don’t think cancelling and/or ending these programs for the Central American countries is the solution,” said Glenn Fogle, “It just clearly illustrates the need for intelligent and comprehensive immigration reform, so there will be a permanent solution for these issues that plague our immigration system”

Officials at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have not said what the administration plans to do. The Homeland Security Secretary will review country conditions and make a decision at least 60 days before each country’s status expires, reported by Amy Taxin for ABC NEWS.