Sobre la Alianza Nacional TPS / About the National TPS Alliance

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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

  1.  The ability to adjust to Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) status.
  2.  The ability to adjust status without having to depart from the U.S. even if entered without inspection.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The inclusion of all past and present TPS nationalities, including Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, that have had their TPS status terminated.
  6. 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 refugee status. The majority of the applicants are the children of TPS beneficiaries.
                     

¿Qué es la Alianza Nacional de TPS?

En junio de 2017, beneficiarios del estatus de protección temporal de Haití, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua y Nepal convocó en Washington D.C para formar la Alianza Nacional de TPS. La Alianza Nacional de TPS es formada y dirigida por beneficiarios del TPS de todo Estados Unidos, combinando actividades de promoción a nivel nacional para salvar a estatus de protección temporal para todos los beneficiarios en el corto plazo y elaborar legislación que crea un camino a la residencia permanente en el largo plazo. Varias organizaciones históricamente involucrados en la reñida batalla por derechos de inmigrantes han ayudado a levantar iniciativas de la Alianza Nacional de TPS a través de apoyo logístico y técnico.

¿Quienes forman la Alianza Nacional de TPS?

Aproximadamente 1,000 TPSianos participan en los comités y organizaciones de anclaje que forman la Alianza Nacional de TPS. Otros miembros son hijos ciudadanos de estados unido y inmigrantes y familiares de TPSianos, clero, organizaciones no lucrativas, líderes de la comunidad y otros interesados. Los TPSianos han creado comités locales en sus respectivos estados. Cerca de 35 comités existen en los Estados Unidos. Más de 10 organizaciones, grupos y sindicatos actualmente están proporcionando apoyo en diferentes niveles. Para los nombres de los comités miembros de Alianza Nacional de TPS, organizaciones y grupos aliados, consulte la lista al final de este documento

¿Por qué están organizando ahora beneficiarios del TPS?

Nos organizamos colectivamente para preservar la equidad, el respeto y dignidad en los procesos de inmigración llevada a cabo por los Estados Unidos. No ha habido ninguna responsabilidad del gobierno por la creación de las condiciones insostenibles para las familias TPS ni un análisis adecuado de las condiciones del país en los procesos de toma de decisiones que han llevado a la terminación de la mayoría de las designaciones de TPS. DHS también no ha reconocido la situación injusta de miles de familias que podrían ser separadas y desplazadas debido a la falta de rendición de cuentas y la insensibilidad de estas decisiones. En los casi 37 años que varios países se les concedió TPS, DHS no ha preparado adecuadamente para evitar esta secuencia injusta, apurada y sin precedentes de terminaciones de TPS para casi todos los países con esta ayuda. Además, asuntos internacionales, derechos de los refugiados y la seguridad regional negativa afectaría a consecuencia de las actuales políticas contra TPS.

¿Por qué queremos proteger a TPS?

Trabajamos para defender los derechos de los migrantes que ya no pueden volver a sus países de origen. Esta protección es una medida legal y comprobada que permite que los inmigrantes tengan autorización de trabajo y puedan contribuir a la economía, sociedad y cultura de los Estados Unidos. Muchos titulares de TPS viven y trabajan en los Estados Unidos por muchos años, algunos con 20 o más de 30 años en el estado. Tienen familias, muchos tienen niños de ciudadanos estadounidenses (aproximadamente una ratio 1:1 de titulares TPS para los niños de ciudadanos estadounidenses), y son dueños de hogares y negocios. La mayoría no tienen otro alivio de inmigración disponible para ellos, aunque muchos podrían o deberían hayan obtenido asilo o refugio. Familias de TPS no deben ser separadas.

¿Qué queremos decir con ResidenciaAHORA!?

Reconocemos que el TPS fue creado como una solución a corto plazo para problemas complejos, pero la situación no fue creada por TPSianos. Reforma integral de inmigración ha sido desilusionante en cada vuelta, dejando a beneficiarios del TPS en un limbo legal permanente. Beneficiarios del TPS quieren una solución legislativa que proporciona una manera de ajustar para la residencia permanente para que finalmente puedan salir de una vida en el limbo y poder participar más plenamente y con seguridad en sus comunidades.

Colectivamente, hemos creado principios legislativos que impulsan nuestro trabajo y esfuerzos.
Estos uncluyen:

1. La habilidad de ajustar al estado de residente permanente legal (LPR).

2. La habilidad de ajustar estatus sin tener que salir de los Estados Unidos incluso si entraron sin inspección

3. La inclusión de todas las personas que tenían TPS y eran originalmente elegibles para el programa, incluso si ellos no han podido seguir manteniendo su registro actual, o si su estatus TPS ha sido revocado.

4. Un proyecto de ley "limpio" de TPS que no aumenta disposiciones de seguridad de la frontera, la financiación de un muro    fronterizo, la militarización de las fronteras de otros países, biometría, o financiación para la detención y deportación de los migrantes y solicitantes de asilo.             

5. La inclusión de todo pasadas y nacionalidades presentes con TPS, incluyendo Guinea, Sierra Leona y Liberia, que han tenido su estatus TPS terminado.

6. La legislación debe proteger a todos los beneficiarios TPS de las sanciones administrativas o de otras restricciones impuestas a países específicos.

Nuestras peticiones de miembros del Congreso


1. Exigir a la administración que extienda TPS por 18 meses para todos los países con TPS, con énfasis en los plazos de la próxima renovación/terminación.
2. Patrocinador, legislación de apoyo que otorga la residencia permanente a los beneficiaries de TPS.
3. Reclamar a la administración que cumpla con su promesa y procesé solicitudes de libertad condicional y refugiados del programa de menores no acompañados de Centro América. La mayoría de los solicitantes son los hijos de beneficiarios del TPS.

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