WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Temporary Protected Status for Central Americans

Friday, 23 June 2017
Washington, DC

AP Photo/Eric Gay

WOLA (the Washington Office on Latin America), the Central American Resource Center-DC (CARECEN-DC), the Central American Resource Center-LA (CARECEN-LA), and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) invite you to a discussion on:

Temporary Protected Status for Central Americans

How have immigrants benefited? What would be the costs to them, to their home countries, and to the United States if their status were terminated?


Dr. Cecilia Menjivar
Co-Director, Center for Migration Research, University of Kansas

Adriana Beltrán
Senior Associate for Citizen Security, WOLA

Moderated by

Geoff Thale
Program Director, WOLA

Friday, June 23, 2017
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

122 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC

Please RSVP using the form to the right.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) offers undocumented migrants a stay of deportation and work authorization in the face of circumstances in their home countries that would make it difficult for the country to re-absorb them. As of 2015, some 200,000 Salvadorans and 57,000 Hondurans (along with about 50,000 Haitians and a small number of migrants from Middle Eastern countries) benefit from TPS. However, the Trump administration is considering not renewing the TPS designation when it expires next year for Salvadorans and Hondurans (and has already told Haitians that they will likely lose their legal status in six months).

Who are the holders of this status? Have they taken advantage of the protection that TPS offered to them and become employed, contributing members of U.S. society? Have the conditions in their countries changed, making it possible for them to return and re-integrate? What impact would it have on TPS recipients and their home countries if their status were revoked?

A recent report by the Center for Migration Research at the University of Kansas, CARECEN-LA, and NDLON, Temporary Protected Status in the United States: A Study of the Experiences of Salvadoran and Honduran Immigrants, sheds some light on these questions.

Please join WOLA, CARECEN-DC, CARECEN-LA, and NDLON for a discussion with Dr. Cecilia Menjivar, Co-Director of the Center for Migration Research at the University of Kansas and the lead researcher on the TPS study, and Adriana Beltrán, WOLA Senior Associate for Citizen Security, to examine the benefits and limits of TPS status and the impact on immigrants, on their home countries, and on the United States if their status is changed. We hope you are able to join us.

For more information, please contact WOLA Program Assistant Carolyn Scorpio at cscorpio@wola.org or (202) 797-2191.