Washington, D.C. – The Biden administration has announced an 18-month extension and redesignation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for over 400,000 Venezuelans who entered the U.S. before July 21 of this year. This redesignation significantly expands the program’s eligibility, providing temporary protections from deportation and work authorization to those who qualify. In addition, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) unveiled a series of reforms aimed at expediting the processing of work authorizations and extending their validity for asylum-seekers and refugees. This significant development comes after unapologetic organizing from the immigrant rights movement to ensure all immigrants are being welcomed with dignity.
Juliana Macedo do Nascimento, Deputy Director of Federal Advocacy of United We Dream, said:
“The administration’s action is a step in the right direction toward expanding humane pathways that recognize the freedom to move, stay, work and thrive. As we celebrate the people power that fought for this progress and President Biden for expanding protections using his administrative authority, we know there is much more work ahead of us. We trust that the administration will continue to leave no stone unturned in the fight against anti-immigrant attacks. Congress must also fulfill its responsibility and pass humane immigration legislation that establishes a pathway to citizenship for all undocumented immigrants.”