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  • Migrant Children born in the U.S. are in danger as they are faced with possible deportation.

    Migrant Children born in the U.S. are in danger as they are faced with possible deportation. | Photo: Reuters

Published 11 February 2019

Around 279,000 children of immigrants face danger if the U.S. Congress does not bring back Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Central Americans. 

Around 279,000 United States-born children are in danger if the U.S. Congress fails to pass a law regulating the permanent status of some 300,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, and Honduras. These migrants are covered by the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and some of them have been residing in the U.S. for more than two decades.

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The Center for American Progress (CAP) published a report Monday that detailed the consequence of ending the TPS program. The report also gave data on the negative impact on the U.S. economy as a result.

According to the report, TPS holders "have a labor force participation rate of 87%, with more than 246,000 workers in the labor market."

The study by the CAP is part of a National Day of mobilization and lobbying "that asks Congress to enact permanent protections for TPS holders of these three nations,” said Rafael Medina, CAP spokesman.

The TPS grants temporary deportation protection and a temporary work permit validated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The program was terminated by the U.S. President Donald Trump but a federal court reinstated it temporarily.

"Since the Trump administration decided to rescind the protections for more than 300,000 TPS holders, these people have been forced to live with constant fear and anxiety about their future and the future of their children," Tom Jawetz, vice president of immigration policy at the CAP said.

"Although a preliminary court order provides temporary relief to some holders of this benefit, many have been left out of the court order and, in any case, only Congress can provide permanent protection and the path to citizenship which is important," he added.

"The owners of TPS in El Salvador have lived in the country for an average of 22 years, Hondurans for 23 years and Haitians for 17 years," the report revealed.

"Now, many TPS holders are considering an impossible option for them and their families: return to a country they have not seen in a generation or remain undocumented," said Nicole Prchal Svajlenka, the immigration policy analyst at the CAP.

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