Essential terms for navigating and understanding the debate on U.S. immigration policy.
There are currently 2 terms in this directory beginning with the letter T.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
A program that allows undocumented immigrants whose home countries are enduring armed conflict or natural disaster to stay in the U.S. on a temporary basis. Access to the program is determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security and can be renewed by that agency. Roughly 317,000 people from 10 countries had TPS as of the end of 2019. The Trump administration has announced plans to end the program for nearly all of them. Expiration dates began on March 3, 2020, affecting those from Yemen first, but various lawsuits have blocked the administration’s decision, likely giving all TPS holders relief until at least early 2021.
Three- and Ten-Year Bars
See Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA).