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Take Action to Save TPS
People who contribute to the greater collective of our communities form the National TPS Alliance. They are our neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family. They are embedded in our everyday lives. Over 35 local committees of TPS holders nationwide are pushing for legislation for approximately 450,000 TPS holders to obtain permanent residency in the USA. This is a movement that has lives depending on it and we cannot do it alone. We need the power of unity and community to fight for the justice of all TPS holders and all immigrant communities.
(TPS = Temporary Protected Status)
What Can You Do?
1. Call your Member of Congress
Find your US representative and senators. Use use this script to ask them to support legislation to protect TPS holders: CLICK HERE TO CALL
With your help, The National TPS Alliance can continue to organize local and national efforts in the movement to protect and fight for TPS holders: CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION
3. Join your Local committee
In cities around the country, TPS holders are organizing and advocating for Permanent Residency. Contact a committee leader and get involved: CLICK TO SEE LIST OF COMMITTEES
4. Join The Digital Movement
Join the Movement. Spread the word. Follow, like, share, all our social media efforts:
About TPS (Temporary Protected Status)
1990: TPS was established by Congress through the Immigration Act of 1990. TPS is intended to protect foreign nationals in the U.S. from being returned to their home country if it became unsafe during the time they were in the U.S. and returning would put them at risk of violence, disease, or death. TPS has most often been granted in response to natural disasters.
Who has TPS: People from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua, along with immigrants from other parts of the world: Nepal, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen. The largest group is Salvadorans: 262,000 Salvadorans reside in the US under the TPS program.
2018: President Trump announced a de facto cancellation of TPS, stating that TPS renewals would not be granted.
2019: DHS (Department of Homeland Security) extended TPS for people from four countries: El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan. USCIS (US Customs and Immigration Service) announced that the termination of TPS for Honduras and Nepal would not go into effect until further notice.
2020: Court challenges are preventing DHS from cancelling TPS or from going after people whose TPS has expired and not been renewed. On October 3, 2018 Judge Edward Chen of the Northern District of California issued a preliminary injunction to halt any deportation proceedings—temporarily. The ruling holds the status quo in place until the courts have issued a final ruling in the case Ramos v. Nielsen, on whether the Trump administration violated the law in ending TPS for these countries.
Unless Congress acts to grant Legal Permanent Residency to recipients of TPS (as well as DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), hundreds of thousands of people will be deported, ripping families apart, and creating enormous strain on the poor countries receiving those deported immigrants.
What you can do:
Contact your US senators and congressperson. Ask them what legislation they are supporting to protect recipients of TPS and DACA (“DREAMers”). Specifically, what are their positions on HR6 The DREAM & Promise Act (which was passed by the US House in June 2019 but never debated in the US Senate), as well as the S.879 SECURE Act (Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency).