National TPS Alliance on Legislation affecting TPS Holders: “We must include all TPS Holders, Past and Present"
For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross PostingNovember 2nd 2017National TPS Alliance on Legislation affecting TPS Holders: “We must include all TPS Holders, Past and Present"
Los Angeles, CA // Washington DC – On Tuesday, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) introduced bipartisan legislation, the “Extending Status for Eligible Refugees with Established Residency Act of 2017” or ESPERER Act, along with Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL-24), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) and Rep. Alcee Hastings (FL-20) to grant legal permanent resident (LPR) status to Nicaraguan, Honduran, Salvadoran and Haitian migrants.
In response, Evelyn Hernandez of CARECEN-LA and the National TPS Alliance (a developing network of TPS holders from throughout the U.S.), issued the following statement:
“After having mobilized over 300 TPS holders from across the country and meeting with legislators in Congress last week, it is great to see that prominent Republican and Democratic legislators are acknowledging the need for a permanent solution for TPS holders. Many of us have been living lawfully in the United States for decades, are business owners, homeowners, and have US Citizen children. We have built our lives here, and we have a right to remain in our homes, with our families.
“The National TPS Alliance will be reviewing this legislation closely, and appreciate the concrete efforts that these Florida legislators have made. We welcome further dialogue with policy-makers, especially those that value the voices and experiences of those of us directly affected, and who refuse to treat our community as a bargaining chip for a corrosive legislative deal.
“While we must analyze this legislation further, we want to note the inclusion and exclusion of nationals of specific TPS designated countries. In our guiding legislative principles we state:
All countries designated under TPS, both past and present, should be included in any legislation that seeks permanent solution to their status.
“In our advocacy, we must continue to fight for expansive and broad-based legislation that includes a pathway to legal permanent residency for all TPS holders. We stand together as a community and will continue to fight for the most inclusive legislation”