Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 249

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is Temporarily Protected. A federal judge has temporarily blocked the Trump administration from terminating TPS for roughly 300,000 people from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. The injunction is temporary and subject to review, but it gives protection to those with TPS who would otherwise be required to leave the United States in the near future. Federal legislation is still needed. Click here for a comparison of bills still pending in Congress.

Do You Want a Deep Dive Into Immigration Issues From a Catholic Perspective? Consider attending the Justice for Immigrants 2018 National Conference on December 5 – 7 in Arlington, Virginia.

Administration is Changing Rules That Apply to Legal Residents Who Accept Public Benefits. The Trump administration is proposing a new regulation that would make it extremely difficult for many immigrants to come to the US or receive green cards if they are deemed likely to use public benefits like food stamps or Medicaid. The rules are technical and somewhat difficult to follow, but click here for an explanation. Anyone with questions about coming to the United States or staying here legally should consult a knowledgeable immigration attorney.

Refugee Ceiling for Fiscal Year 2019 Will Be Lowest in History. President Trump has set the ceiling on refugees into the United States at 30,000 in fiscal year 2019, beginning October 1, 2018. The ceiling reduces refugees from every part of the world except Latin America and the Caribbean by fifty percent over 2018. The reduction also includes those fleeing religious persecution.