how Ending TPS Will Hurt US-Citizen Children #Available_AtFebruary 12, 2019
Over the past two years, the Trump administration has taken steps to strip protections from hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the United States with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), including for nationals from countries such as El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti.
The termination of TPS could have repercussions that affect both immigrants holding the status as well as their families, including 279,200 U.S.-citizen children under age 18 living with family members from these countries.
This fact sheet highlights the harmful effects that ending TPS could have on TPS holders’ children specifically and outlines three scenarios that could play out should the courts side with the Trump administration.
Scenario 2 : Parents return, or are returned, to their country of origin, taking their U.S.-citizen children with them and bringing them to countries facing severe, persistent challenges.
The U.S. Department of State has issued travel warnings due to crime and civil unrest in El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti.
Taking these children to their parents’ home countries—areas that generally have higher rates of violence and fewer educational opportunities—would be disruptive and expose them to serious danger.
Scenario 3 : Parents remain in the United States, losing their protection from deportation and work authorization.
Children as young as 3 years old are cognizant that their parent could be deported.
Studies show that children of immigrants experience feelings of vulnerability and fear of deportation and can experience psychological distress after simply hearing about families who are separated.
As legal challenges to ending TPS work their way through the courts, parents and children are dealing with the stress of an uncertain future.