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TPS holders, advocates decry ruling that opens way for “mass deportation”

By Jonathan Greig

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians
Demonstrators at a 2017 rally calling for temporary protected status (TPS) to be renewed for Haitians. File photo.

Rose Tilus has spent months working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic as a nurse in Rhode Island. Last week, when the TPS holder saw news of the federal court ruling that could potentially end temporary protected status for nearly 400,000 people, she felt terrified. 

“The [decision] once again raises fear and anxiety that are always in the background, that I might suddenly have to leave my home,” said Tilus, who has lived in the United States for 20 years. “TPS allowed me to get my undergraduate and master’s degree in nursing. I love my work, I love serving the community in Rhode Island.”

Tilus is among roughly 55,000 Haitians who have received TPS, the federal program that allows immigrants from 10 countries to live and work in the U.S. because their countries are recovering from natural disasters or war. But the United States Court of Appeals panel sided with the Trump administration in saying that people from Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan no longer need TPS.

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Jonathan Greig

Jonathan Greig

Jonathan Greig is a journalist based in New York City working as a contributing writer for CBS Interactive. He recently returned to the United States after reporting from South Africa, Jordan, and Cambodia since 2013.
Jonathan Greig
Sep. 21, 2020