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"Temporary Protective Status Ruling is Bad for the Economy"

July 27, 2021

Article by Kisshia Simmons on "Temporary Protective Status Ruling is Bad for the Economy"

Houston Business Journal

In a recent Houston Business Journal article, Kisshia Simmons, immigration attorney in our Houston office, discussed the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling affecting thousands of immigrants holding temporary protected status (TPS), including its effect on workforce shortages in Texas and other economic impacts.

“The Department of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS due to the conditions in that country that temporarily prevent its nationals residing in the US from returning to their home country safely,” said Simmons. “One of the benefits of TPS is that it grants work authorization to eligible nationals of the country who are in the United States. Countries that currently have TPS include Myanmar, Venezuela, El Salvador, South Sudan and Syria.”

Simmons also advocated new legislation to assist those bearing the long-term effects of the broken Temporary Protected Status system, ”Let’s hope that this Supreme Court decision will awaken Congress to act on behalf of TPS beneficiaries to create sound new law and policy.”

Read the full article here.