In response to the Department of Homeland Security extending temporary protection status documentation for TPS recipients from the countries of El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan through Jan. 4, 2021, Assemblywoman Michaelle C. Solages, the first person of Haitian descent elected to the New York State Legislature, issued the following statement:
This administrations initial attempt to rescind the protected status of TPS beneficiaries was malicious and unjust. I applaud the American Civil Liberties Union and other immigrant advocates for their work in pushing back against the constant barrage of attacks on our immigrant communities. While I am sure most people are grateful for the extension of time, the fact remains that people are living their lives in limbo due to the inaction of the federal government.
It is unfortunate that TPS recipients have had to rely on the judiciary for protection from an increasingly aggressive federal administration. Fortunately, the U.S. House passed the "American Dream and Promise Act" which offers a pathway to citizenship for those with TPS and similarly situated immigrants in the United States. The House has acted, and it is now time for the Senate to finally take a stand. We need a legislative fix that codifies permanent protections.
TPS recipients should have an opportunity to pursue careers and invest in their local communities rather than being forced to live in uncertainty and fear from federal regulations or from court decisions. Until that vision is realized, we will continue our advocacy efforts.