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Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients

September 17, 2020

Breakthrough Central Texas is committed to supporting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients and their families during this challenging time and providing legal assistance and representation via Catholic Charities to those who seek a pathway to permanent residency in the United States. According to the Texas Tribune, “about 45,000 people from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti lived in Texas under the program, according to a report by the Center for American Progress. Those families had a combined 53,800 U.S. citizen children, according to the [2017] report.”

Like DACA beneficiaries, thousands of TPS recipients and their families who reside right here in Central Texas provide invaluable contributions to our classrooms and communities. We are concerned that yesterday’s ruling threatens to disrupt the educational aspirations of thousands of children and the wellbeing of their families.  

All Breakthrough Central Texas families needing immigration counsel are encouraged to contact the Catholic Charities to schedule a free consultation with an attorney on their team. Please contact your Breakthrough advisor for an authorization letter to help schedule a consultation by calling their main line at 512-651-6125 and leave a voicemail, or emailing at

Immigration Legal Aid

Immigrant students with an authorization letter from Breakthrough Central Texas can receive free legal advice from Catholic Charities at its Austin location. These services include a comprehensive initial consultation, advice on applying for and renewing DACA, TPS or other immigration visas and advice on many immigration legal matters by certified Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) lawyers.

Please contact your Breakthrough Advisor to obtain the authorization letter and information sheet for how to make an appointment with Catholic Charities.