Temporary Protection Status benefits, which were scheduled to expire in January, have been extended until October 2021, the Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday.
The move would protect people from El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, Nepal, Sudan and Nicaragua who are living and working in the United States. An estimated 6,300 people from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti under the TPS program live in Nevada, according to a report by the Center for American Progress.
Tuesday’s announcement followed a federal ruling Friday ordering the Trump Administration to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which began under President Obama. The current administration tried to eliminate the program and limit some of its benefits.
The Center for American Progress estimated Nevada has 12,280 DACA recipients based on data from the 2017 American Community Survey.
“We know that this is not a permanent solution, but the extension of protections for DACA and TPS beneficiaries are welcomed news and we join the immigrant community in celebrating these wins,” Charina de Asis, Director of the Office for New Americans, said in a statement. “The immigrant and refugee community has been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and now there is one less thing for them to worry about while they focus on keeping their families safe.”
Gov. Steve Sisolak also applauded the news and called for more action to be taken.
“There is still much work to be done and I continue to urge Congress to finally pass permanent protections for these integral members of our communities – not only is it the smart thing to do, it’s the right thing to do,” he said in a statement.
On Twitter, U.S. Rep. Dina Titus also wrote “we must pass the #DREAMandPromise Act to provide a pathway to citizenship” following Tuesday’s news.
Great news! Individuals with Temporary Protected Status from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan are now safe from the threat of deportation through October 2021. In the meantime, we must pass the #DREAMandPromise Act to provide a pathway to citizenship.
— Dina Titus (@repdinatitus) December 8, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden has promised to reverse many immigration policies implemented by the Trump Administration and expand protections for DACA recipients.