Why This Is Important
How We, the Central American TPS Community, Have Earned the Opportunity to Become Permanent Residents
Why Something Needs To Be Done
- We are law-abiding persons with a 10-year+ proven record of complying with all U.S. Government requirements.
- We are DOCUMENTED. We have a government issued work permit, and are authorized to live and work in the U.S.
- We have come forward and registered with the government in a temporary and conditional program when we were given the opportunity to do so.
- We are hard workers and pay our taxes and make important contributions to this country.
- Moreover, we have close to 1 BILLION DOLLARS in registration fees in the last 13 years to maintain our status.
- Our youth are committed to go to school and college and become professionals to contribute at a higher level. It will be a waste to not incorporate us into the US society, after the US has already invested in us.
- We have invested in our neighborhoods by purchasing homes and starting businesses.
- We have started families in this country and have U.S. born children whom we raise with integrity and hope for a bright future.
- We are one of the most organized communities; our Central American parents and relatives that are US citizens are examples in their communities. We have a number of elected officials at different levels of government.
- Members of the Central American U.S. citizen community have over one million citizens that can vote and ensure fair treatment of their community.
Why Something Needs To Be Done
- As its name implies, TPS is intended to be temporary and is in the long-term an obstacle to greater self-sufficiency and stability among these Central American families and communities. The only way to secure a more stable and safe future for us is to allow us to become Permanent Residents and which will consequently, put us on the path to U.S. Citizenship.
- Costs associated with this renovation are high and burdensome for many families: $465/individual registration, every 18 months.
- Our families who have lived here for over a decade are in a state of limbo, because they do not know what could happen to them after the 18-month period that their status is valid.
- This temporary and conditional status creates confusion and insecurity in the workplace every time the 18-month period is close to expiring, as employers start to make threats to fire us, workers, weeks in advance
- Every 18 month we have difficulties renewing our driver’s licenses when the work permit expires and before we receive the new one. Unfortunately there is always a lag time between the expiration date that appears on the card and the time when they receive the new card.
- As registrants under this temporary and conditional status, we are unable to travel to see our families- parents, children, brothers and sisters, in our home country, which erodes the unity and stability of our families.
- This temporary and conditional status limits the educational opportunities for our youth who, under this status, cannot access college scholarships because they do not fit into any of the categories eligible for funding.
- In the case of mixed status families, registrants under this temporary and conditional status married to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident are not able to adjust their status under the current USCIS procedures, and, every 18 month these families fear separation by their status not being renewed.