A last renewal of Temporary Protected Status for some immigrants who hold the designation will end September 19, 2019, and that means more than 2,000 Colorado residents will have to leave the U.S., obtain another type of legal designation to stay, or face undocumented status.
The Trump administration recently announced the end of the TPS program for immigrants from countries such as El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan, which was created to protect people escaping environmental disasters or armed conflict in their home countries. The Bush and Obama administrations continually renewed the program for some countries, but the TPS designation has never included a path to permanent citizenship.
The Denver Post reported earlier this month that more than 2,000 people in Colorado will lose TPS designation in the next year and a half, a majority of whom are from El Salvador.
“The bad news, is that if they really did have other options like applying for asylum or refugee status, they would’ve done so already,” said Violeta Chapin, an associate professor at the University of Colorado Law School who teaches a criminal and immigration defense clinic. “And so many of them likely will not have another immigration path to remain lawfully in the United States.”