National TPS Alliance Convenes Washington DC Mobilization to Save Crucial Program And Find Permanent Solution for Legal Status

National TPS Alliance Convenes Washington DC Mobilization to Save Crucial Program And Find Permanent Solution for Legal Status

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Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018; NDLON, armando@ndlon.org

Tessie Borden, 323-559-1895; CARECEN, luckygrrr@gmail.com

 

National TPS Alliance Convenes Washington DC Mobilization to Save Crucial Program

And Find Permanent Solution for Legal Status

 

Amid threats of cancellation, TPS Beneficiaries from around the country advocate

to Save TPS for all and push for permanent residency

#SaveTPS #ExtendTPS #ResidencyNow

 

Los Angeles – The National TPS Alliance announces a major mobilization to Washington D.C. to advance efforts to renew and extend Temporary Protected Status, as well as create a pathway to permanent residency. Currently, more than 300,000 TPS beneficiaries have been living in the United States with legal work authorization and legal status. While some TPS recipients have already had their programs canceled, with a mere 6-month extension, the fate of others is still uncertain.

During the mobilization in Washington D.C., TPS beneficiaries will meet with legislators who represent them in the U.S. House and Senate to ensure that any decisions made about TPS beneficiaries include their voices and experiences. They are fighting to extend TPS in the short term and for a legislative solution that leads to permanent residency.

“TPS beneficiaries must be at the decision-making table for issues directly affecting our community,” said Edwin Murillo of the National TPS Alliance. “There are more than 300,000 of us and we refuse to be used as a bargaining chip. The truth is that this is our home, we have children that were born here, we are business owners and we have contributed to the wellbeing of our communities.”

WHAT: Legislative Advocacy, #SaveTPS Benefit Concert, Public Demonstration

WHERE: Washington DC

WHEN: October 22-25, 2017 (Itinerary below)

WHO: National TPS Alliance (Alianza Nacional TPS) & allies

ITINERARY:

Sunday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m.:

#SaveTPS Benefit Concert with Luis Enrique Mejia Godoy @ Carlos Rosario School (1100 Harvard St. NW, Washington DC 20009)

Monday, Oct. 23:

Congressional Legislative Visits: All Day

Rally & Direct Action: Details TBD

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 10:30 a.m.:

Press Conference: Capitol Steps, Details TBD

BACKGROUND:

On June 22, 2017, TPS beneficiaries from across the United States gathered in Washington D.C. to form the National TPS Alliance (Alianza Nacional TPS in Spanish). Local and regional committees from around the country represented several countries that benefit from Temporary Protected Status (TPS), including Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Nepal. They also gathered to coordinate local and national advocacy efforts and discuss the shared struggles of TPS beneficiaries.

The National TPS Alliance is formed and led by TPS beneficiaries from across the country, 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 permanent path to residency in the long term.

Two recently published reports provide a brief overview of who TPS immigrants are, their social and economic activities, and how TPS has benefited their incorporation into American society. They are: Temporary Protected Status in the United States: The Experiences of Honduran and Salvadoran Immigrants, by Dr. Cecilia Menjivar; and A Statistical and Demographic Profile of the US Temporary Protected Status Populations from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti, by Robert Warren and Donald Kerwin of the Center for Migration Studies.

The reports can be found at:

www.savetps.com/tpsreport

http://cmsny.org/publications/jmhs-tps-elsalvador-honduras-haiti/

Social Media Links:

Facebook: Facebook.com/TPSAlliance

Twitter: @TPS_Alliance

Instagram: @tps_alliance

Event Information: savetps.com/press

***For press inquiries contact Armando Carmona armando@ndlon.org or Teresa Borden luckygrrr@gmail.com.

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