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Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a provisional legal protection from deportation granted to migrants who are unable to return to their home countries due to environmental disasters or social conflicts, is currently under attack. Just this month, the Department of Homeland Security terminated TPS for nationals from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leon. Haitians, who were granted TPS after a terrible earthquake in 2010 and who are the second largest population in the U.S. with TPS, were only renewed for 6 months—that is, enough “time to attain travel documents and make other necessary arrangements for their ultimate departure from the United State”, according to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

This is not only alarming and outrageous, but also indicative of what the future of TPS will be for other migrants who are currently protected under TPS. This includes nationals from El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua who were granted TPS in 2001 and 1997 after Hurricane Mitch violently displaced thousands of people. Currently, there are more than 200,000 Central Americans in the U.S. that have lived with TPS for up to 20 years, most of whom now have families and who are at risk of becoming displaced once again.  

This is unacceptable, and we must organize our community to not only save TPS, but to also protect and defend the rights of migrants of all nationalities who are fearful of returning to their home countries due to conditions out of their control. We cannot and must not stand idly by while DHS strips away protections from a very vulnerable population.

Now, more than ever, it is important to bring together and unite the entire TPS community to advocate for greater protections, including, but not limited to, TPS. This is the goal of the first TPS National Conference in Washington D.C., which is currently being organized and led by TPS beneficiaries across the country.

 

What is the National TPS Alliance?


In June 2017, Temporary Protected Status beneficiaries from Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua
and Nepal convened in Washington D.C to form the National TPS Alliance. The National TPS Alliance
is formed and led by TPS beneficiaries from across the United States, combining advocacy efforts at
a national level to save Temporary Protected Status for all beneficiaries in the short term and to
devise legislation that creates a path to permanent residency in the long term. Several
organizations historically involved in the hard-fought battle for immigrant rights have helped
lift-up initiatives of the National TPS Alliance through logistical and technical support.

Who makes up the National TPS Alliance?


Approximately 1,000 TPS holders participate in the committees and anchor organizations that make up
the National TPS Alliance. Other members include the U.S. citizen and immigrant children and family
members of TPS holders, clergy, non-profit organizations, community leaders and other stakeholders.
TPS holders have created local committees in their respective states. About 35 committees currently
exist across the Unites States. Over 10 non-profit organizations, groups and unions are currently
providing support at different levels. For the names of the National TPS Alliance member
committees, organizations, and allied groups, please refer to the list at end of this document.


Why Are TPS beneficiaries organizing now?


We organize collectively to preserve fairness, respect, and dignity for TPS holders, and for all
immigrants in the by the Unites States. There has been no government accountability for creating
the untenable conditions for TPS families nor an adequate analysis of country conditions in the
decision-making processes that have led to the termination of the majority of TPS designations. DHS
has also not acknowledged the unfair plight of thousands of families that could be torn apart and
displaced because of the lack of accountability and callousness of these decisions. In the almost
37 years that various countries were granted TPS, DHS has not adequately prepared in order to
prevent this unjust, rushed and unprecedented sequence of TPS terminations for almost all countries
with this relief. Additionally, international affairs, refugee rights, and regional security would
be negatively impacted as a result of the current policies against TPS.


Why do we want to protect TPS?


We are organizing to protect TPS because we defend the rights of all migrants who can no longer
return to their home countries. This protection is a legal, proven measure that allows immigrants
to have work authorization and contribute to the economy, society and culture of the United States.
Many TPS holders have been living and working in the United States for years, some with 20 or 30
plus years under the status. They have families, many have U.S. citizen children (roughly a 1:1
ratio of TPS holders to U.S. citizen children), and they are home and business owners. Most do not
have other immigration relief readily available to them, even though many could or should have been
granted asylum or refugee status. TPS Families should not be separated.


What do we mean by ResidencyNow!?


We recognize that TPS was created as a short-term solution for complex issues, but the situation is
not of their own creation. Comprehensive Immigration Reform has been thwarted at every turn,
leaving TPS beneficiaries in a permanent legal limbo. TPS beneficiaries want a legislative solution
that provides a way to adjust for permanent residency so they can finally exit a life in limbo and
be able to participate more fully and securely in their communities.
Collectively, we have come up with Legislative Principles that drive our work and efforts. These
include

               ❖The ability to adjust to Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) status.

               ❖ The ability to adjust status without having to depart from the U.S. even if entered without
                   inspection.
               ❖ The inclusion of all people that had TPS and were originally eligible for the program, even if
                  they have failed to continue to maintain their registration current, or if their TPS status has
                  been revoked.
               ❖ A “clean” TPS bill that does not attach increased border security provisions, funding for a
                   border wall, the further militarization of the borders in other countries, biometrics, or funding
                   for increased detention and deportation of migrants and asylum-seekers.
               ❖ The inclusion of all past and present TPS nationalities, including Guinea, Sierra Leone, and
                   Liberia, that have had their TPS status terminated.
               ❖ Legislation should protect all TPS beneficiaries from administrative sanctions or other
                   restrictions placed on specific countries.


Our Requests of Members of Congress:


                   1.   Urge the Administration to extend TPS for 18 months for all recipient countries, with an
                         emphasis on those with upcoming renewal/termination deadlines.
                   2.   Champion, sponsor, support legislation that grants permanent residency to TPS holders.
                   3.   Urge the Administration to fulfill its promise and process the current Central America Minor
                        Program applications for both parole and

 
Adhikaar, NY
Centro Romero, Chicago, IL
 
Comité TPS Chicago, IL
Comité TPS San Gabriel Valley, CA
HUAC-Haitian Americans United for Change
Trabajadores Unidos por TPS DC
Alianza Nacional TPS Dallas, TX
Comité TPS CARECEN- LA
Comité TPS Hempstead, NY
Comité TPS Silver Spring
National Day Laborer Organizing Network
UndocuBlack Network
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
Comité Civico Salvadoreño
Comité TPS Long Island
Comité TPS South Los Angeles, CA
Pico National Network DMV
US Committee for Refugees & Immigrants Arlington VA
AFSC Florida
Comité de TPS Las Vegas
Comité TPS Nebraska
Comité TPS Washington, D.C.
Pro-Residencia TPS NJ
SARCO Aurora, CO
AFSC New Jersey
Comité Montgomery/Baltimore
Comité TPS New Bedford, MA
Comité Worcester MA
RENASE D.C
 
AFSC Massachusetts
Comité TPS North California
 
Comité TPS Newark NJ
Comunidades Salvadoreñas D.C.
Residencia TPS CRECEN Houston, TX
Asociacion de Salvadoreños, MN
Comité TPS Antelope Valley SALVA
Comité TPS Oakland
Consulado General de El Salvador Virginia
SARCO Aurora, CO
Asociación Salvadoreña TPS North Carolina
Comité TPS Blacksburg, VA
Comité TPS Phoenix & Tucson Arizona
COSPU Harrisonburg, VA
SMARK Children’s Foundation, MD
BAJI (Black Alliance for Just Immigration)
Comité TPS Boston Massachusetts
Comité TPS Riverdale, NY
FAMN- Haitian Women of Miami
TPS hacia la residencia en D.C.
 
CARECEN Los Angeles
 
Comité TPS Brentwood
Comité TPS San Fernando Valley, CA
Haitian Women For Haitian Refugees, NY
 
TPS UNIDOS D.C

 

 

¿QUÉ ES LA ALIANZA NACIONAL DE TPS?


En junio de 2017, beneficiarios del TPS de varias partes del país se reunieron en Washington D.C. para formar la Alianza Nacional de TPS. Comités locales y regionales de varios estados llegaron representando las diferentes nacionalidades que se benefician del TPS, incluyendo Haití, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua y Nepal. Ellos se reunieron para coordinar los esfuerzos de abogacía locales y nacionales, así como para discutir las luchas compartidas de todos los beneficiarios del TPS.
La Alianza Nacional de TPS es formada y dirigida por beneficiarios del TPS de diferentes partes del país, combinando actividades de abogacía a nivel nacional para salvar el programa para todos los beneficiarios al corto plazo y elaborar legislación que crea un camino para residencia permanente al largo plazo. Varias organizaciones que se han involucrado históricamente en la batalla por defender los derechos de inmigrantes han ayudado a levantar el esfuerzo de iniciativas de la Alianza Nacional de TPS por medio de apoyo logístico y técnico.


¿POR QUÉ SE ESTÁN ORGANIZANDO LOS BENEFICIARIOS DEL TPS?


El TPS está bajo ataque por la Administración Trump. Recientemente el departamento de seguridad interna (DHS por sus siglas en inglés) terminó el TPS para personas de Guinea, Liberia y Sierra Leone. Haitianos, que recibieron protección de TPS después de un terrible terremoto en el 2010 y que son una de las mayores poblaciones de beneficiarios del TPS, sólo recibieron una renovación de seis meses que luego el que fue director de DHS John Kelly dijo que iba a dar "suficiente tiempo para que obtuvieran los documentos necesarios para que pudieran hacer los arreglos para una salida definitiva de los Estados Unidos.”
Este fue un anuncio muy alarmante que señala el futuro de la protección de TPS para otros beneficiarios, como las personas de El Salvador que recibieron el TPS en el 2001, después de un devastador terremoto, en caso de Honduras y Nicaragua, que recibieron el TPS en 1999, después de huracán Mitch donde quedaron miles de damnificados. Más de 260.000 centroamericanos en los Estados Unidos han vivido con TPS por más de 16 años, y han construido unas familias que hoy en día están en riesgo de ser separadas.


¿POR QUÉ QUEREMOS PROTEGER EL TPS?


Nos estamos organizando para proteger el TPS porque nuestro trabajo es defender los derechos de los inmigrantes que no pueden volver a sus países de origen. Esta protección es una medida legal que permite a los inmigrantes que tienen permiso de trabajo a que sigan contribuyendo de la economía, sociedad y cultura de los Estados Unidos. Muchos beneficiarios de TPS han estado viviendo y trabajando en los Estados Unidos durante años, algunos más de dos décadas. Muchos de ellos tienen familias, hijos ciudadanos estadounidenses, son dueños de casas y de negocios. Generalmente no tienen ningún otro alivio migratorio disponible, aunque muchos siguen siendo refugiados de guerras civiles o desastres naturales en sus países de origen. Familias de TPS no deben separar.


¿QUÉ QUEREMOS DECIR CON RESIDENCYNOW! (RESIDENCIAAHORA!)?


Reconocemos que el TPS fue una solución a corto plazo con la expectativa de una reforma migratoria integral en un futuro. La reforma ha sido frustrada a cada paso, dejando a los beneficiarios TPS en un limbo legal. Los beneficiarios de TPS quieren una solución legislativa que proporciona la forma de ajustar para la residencia permanente y así poder tomar el control de sus vidas y participar más plenamente en sus comunidades.

Para aprender sobre el TPS y sus beneficiarios, aquí le compartimos una copia del reporte “Temporary Protected Status in the United States: The Experiences of Honduran and Salvadoran Immigrants”.

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