Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a federally operated program that gives temporary legal status to immigrants from certain designated countries. The TPS designation is generally granted when conditions in a certain country (or area within a country) are unsafe for its residents, including when there is an active armed conflict within the country, a natural disaster (such as a hurricane or earthquake), a epidemic or other temporary extraordinary conditions.

The Trump Administration announced the cancellation of the TPS designation for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. Here's what you need to know about TPS status.

A court order blocked the cancellation of the TPS for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, and Honduras.

The court order in the Ramos v. Nielsen blocked the cancellation of the TPS for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. The original cancellation dates that were blocked are:

El Salvador: TPS ended on September 9, 2019 but is now extended by court order.
Haiti: TPS ended on January 22, 2019 but is now extended by court order.
Nicaragua: TPS ended on January 9, 2019 but is now extended by court order.
Honduras: The TPS designation was scheduled to end on January 5, 2020.

The court order in the Ramos v. Nielsen has STOPPED the cancellation of TPS for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. The same court order has blocked the government from making a decision to end TPS for Honduras. The government appealed the court order in the Ramos case and we are awaiting a decision by the appeals court on whether TPS cancellations continue to be blocked.

Automatic TPS Work Permit Extensions as of January 2, 2020.

The federal government has issued a notice that automatically extends work permits for people with TPS from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan until January 2, 2020 based on the court order in the Ramos case. This means that people who have TPS from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan can legally work in the United States even if their work permits have an expired date. Work permits for Honduras are valid until January 5, 2020.

What Happens If an Employer Asks to Verify the Work Permit of a TPS Beneficiary

If an employer seeks to reverify the work authorization of a beneficiary with TPS status from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, or Sudan, that worker may show their employer a copy of the applicable Federal Register Notice to show the automatic extension of their job.

The Federal Register Notice can be found at:

Workers do not need to submit any additional documentation for automatic extension.

People with TPS Should Seek Immigration Advice

It is important for people with TPS status to find out if they may be eligible for any other type of immigration relief.

Family Separation


The United Latinos of the UFCW Condemns the Trump Administration’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy that Rips Apart Families at the Border and Joins Immigrant Rights Organizations in calling for US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Resign for Implementing This Policy

June 20, 2018

Los Angeles, CA - The Trump administration has separated over two thousand families at the US/Mexico border. By now, we have witnessed and heard heartbreaking stories caused by the administration's new family separation policy. This cruel policy was enacted six weeks ago, since then thousands of children have been torn apart from their parents without a clear plan for family reunification. Worst of all is that this behavior is being carried out in the name of our Democracy. Children are being held captive in government funded cages with the intention of protecting our American values and constitution; however, this policy corrodes the essence of our country. Enough is enough! Such atrocities will not be made in our name. We will not stand idle. This is not our America.

“This is not rule of law, it is not deterrence — it is inhumane and un-American” said Rigoberto Valdez, President of the United Latinos of the UFCW.

The United Latinos of the UFCW will not remain silent in times of injustice. We stand in solidarity with immigrant families. Today, we join the outcry of human and immigrant rights organizations across the country to express our outrage over this ‘zero tolerance’ policy that separates children from parents at the border. This policy is leaving children with a lifetime of trauma. This grotesque administration is inflicting violence on our communities by terrorizing, dehumanizing and criminalizing immigrants who are fleeing violence.

We are too well acquainted with the harsh conditions that drives immigrants out of their countries. We are too well acquainted with the suffering and terror immigrants face during their journey across borders. We are too well acquainted with the dehumanization of immigrant bodies in this country and the terror that this nation has historically inflicted upon our communities. The cruelty we are witnessing today is perhaps the most visceral embodiment of The Trump Administration Agenda. We cannot afford to be passive in the face of this abomination.

We are union, community, civil and human rights activists and leaders, it is our responsibility and our duty to stop this human rights atrocity. The United Latinos of the UFCW will organize, mobilize and stand with the best of America to stop the heinous incarceration of infants, toddlers, children and their parents as they seek political asylum. Together, we will demand an end to these inhumane immigration policies that criminalize our communities and tear families apart through incarceration and deportation.

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Dear United Latinos Familia,

Earlier this week, national newspapers reported that President Trump tweeted Monday night that U.S. immigration agents are planning to make mass arrests across major U.S. cities, meaning that there might be impending national I.C.E. (Immigrantion and Customs Enforcement) Raids planned for the upcoming weeks.

In light of the recent Presidential Tweetment, we are reaching out to you with resources to know how to respond in case your members and their families find themselves targeted by an I.C.E. Raid. As union leaders, we are tasked with advocating for the most vulnerable workers regardless of status. The best we can do for our members is to remain informed and continue to be a resource to them. Our Locals must emphasize the value that immigrant workers with or without papers bring to our communities and movements.

We must work towards informing our union staff and educating our membership on “Know Your Rights,” we have to proactively fight for their wellbeing. With this in mind we have attached several resources that you can distribute with your members to keep them informed, all materials attached are available in English and Spanish and have been compiled by immigrant and labor organizations that like the United Latinos fight for migrants rights. Above all, we must talk with our members and remind them that UFCW has their back, and reassure them that we will always fight for them and their families.

June is Immigrant Heritage Month, a month meant to empower, uplift, and celebrate our immigrant stories. We have to keep Locals accountable to our immigrant, TPS, DACAmented, Refugee, and mix Status Members. As the United Latinos of the UFCW we must continue to make every effort to defend, protect , and fight for immigrant and refugee workers. Keeping our communities and our members updated and informed is our best weapon against their terror. Please feel to share the attached resources within your Locals and with your members...

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