Saturday, January 15, 2005

Campaign for TPS Registrations

The Salvadoran government is putting on a major publicity campaign among the Salvadoran community in the United States to make sure that persons on TPS status re-register to maintain their ability to stay in the United States. TPS stands for Temporary Protected Status and is a form of temporary work permit which allows Salvadorans who would otherwise be deported to stay in the country. The program is based on a finding that a catastrophe (the 2001 earthquakes) justifies not forcing people to return to their home country.

As the Washington Post reports, the Salvadoran government is mailing 350,000 booklets about TPS to immigrants' homes and also phoning immigrants with a pre-recorded message from president Tony Saca.

This week also saw the release of the final figures for remittances back to El Salvador for 2004, with more than $2.5 billion flowing back into the country from Salvadorans in the United States. It is little wonder that the Salvadoran government wants its countrymen in the United States to remain in good standing under the TPS program.

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