WASHINGTON (AP) — Maryland Democratic Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen joined immigrants rights activists on Thursday to unveil new legislation to protect undocumented immigrants living under Temporary Protected Status.
“Congress needs to pass legislation,” Cardin said at a Capitol Hill news conference. “We need to get predictability and safety to people who are in uncertain status.”
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Along with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, the senators are proposing a bill called the SECURE Act, or Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency Act, which would make immigrants under Temporary Protected Status eligible to apply for legal permanent residency after three years.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is granted to immigrants for whom returning to their home countries is dangerous or impossible. There are approximately
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