Under advanced parole, TPS holders that entered the country unlawfully but married US citizens can go overseas and return to the country and be inspected by immigration officials and gain the option to adjust their status. Trump's cruel decision also underscores the fight to pass the American Promise Act, introduced by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY).
A bipartisan coalition of legislators led by Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., proposed a bill last week that would grant TPS recipients from Honduras, Haiti, El Salvador and Nicaragua a chance to apply for permanent residency.
Martínez is a member of a national alliance of organizations that has advocated for the renewal of TPS for all participating countries. Haitians have been eligible for TPS and now the Trump Administration has until May 23 to make a decision on extending TPS for Haitians or allowing it to expire on July 22, which would mean possible deportation for the current TPS holders.
TPS provides temporary legal status in the United States to citizens of other countries where natural disasters or civil wars have made it too risky for them to return.
Duke says temporary residents living under that permit would be allowed time for an orderly transition for them and their Central American homeland. The secretary of homeland security decides whether a country is unsafe for its nationals to return, revoking or extending the special protected status.
The presidents of both Honduras and El Salvador have urged the Trump administration to extend the program, citing the contributions that TPS holders make to their economies by sending money home and the destabilizing effects of thousands of people returning. In the case of El Salvador, the USA government granted people protections after an natural disaster killed almost 8,000 people in 2001.
According to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke, that initiative, created to favor immigrants after the devastating hurricane Mitch in 1998, is no longer necessary.
"People have been here for 25 years", Shannon said, "and for 25 years they have been working with a legal temporary visa".
Monday's announcement was anxiously awaited by about 200,000 Salvadorans and 50,000 Haitians whose TPS status is due to expire early next year. He plays lacrosse at Ohio Valley University in West Virginia, she said. It authorizes employment and protection from deportation for about 320,000 people from 10 countries.
"I'm not leaving. No matter what, I'm not leaving" said Osario, who has been in the US for 26 years, the last 19 as a TPS holder.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took the same tack, accusing the administration of "senseless prejudice" and denouncing the TPS decision as a "cowardly assault on thousands of families in communities across the nation", reports the Washington Post.