Hundreds of thousands of people are living in the United States with Temporary Protected Status, also known as TPS. That means they’re allowed to live and work in the US without fear of deportation.
TPS was first created by an act of Congress in 1990, and it’s been granted to individuals who have come to the US from countries that have suffered from natural disasters, armed conflict, or other situations that would make it unsafe to return to their home country.
But the Trump administration has announced plans to revoke the TPS designation for people from half a dozen countries.
The issue is currently working its way through the courts, but if the administration overcomes those legal challenges, some people who have been living in the country for decades may be forced to leave… or go into hiding.
I spoke with a Philadelphia area woman with TPS about what that could mean for her and her family.
This story originally aired on the radio news program The Philly Breakdown on WPPM-LP 106.5 FM, a community radio station based in Philadelphia. Co-host Allison Durham and I introduce the piece:
You can also hear the full Philly Breakdown episode on immigration here: