March 7, 2023
Dear Secretary Mayorkas,
We are writing to request an update to the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) eligibility date for Nicaraguans in the United States. EWIC is a broad-based coalition of national businesses and trade associations from across the industry spectrum concerned with the shortage of both semi-skilled and unskilled (“essential worker”) labor.
Nicaragua has been designated for TPS since January 5, 1999. TPS has been extended several times since then. Unfortunately, the current eligibility date only covers Nicaraguans who entered the United States on or before December 30, 1998.
Considering the ongoing political, social, and economic instability in Nicaragua, we believe that it is reasonable to extend the TPS eligibility date to include those who entered the U.S. after December 30, 1998. This would provide vital relief and stability to those who have fled Nicaragua and are currently in the U.S. in an unstable status.
Nicaraguan TPS holders are employed in many essential worker industries, including agriculture, construction, and healthcare. They have become an integral part of our workforce and play a crucial role in keeping our economy running.
Many Nicaraguans who have sought refuge in the United States cannot return home due to the risks they face. Extending the eligibility date for TPS would allow them to continue contributing to their communities.
We urge the Department of Homeland Security to update the eligibility date for TPS for Nicaragua.
Essential Worker Immigration Coalition