TPS Essential Workers #KeepingUSsafe #KeepingCAsafe
CARECEN SF has joined Alianza Americas #KeepingUSsafe national campaign. The goal of this campaign is to raise public awareness about the exclusion of immigrants from federal relief efforts, despite the active role of essential immigrant workers in keeping the U.S. economy going, as well as their work in various sectors deemed critical to the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
CARECEN SF will be localizing this campaign to California with the use of #KeepingCAsafe given that California benefits from the largest TPS, DACA, and immigrant population in the country.
Important Changes to TPS
On November 4, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Federal Register Notice (FRN) automatically extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), and other TPS-related documents for TPS beneficiaries from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Nepal, and Honduras until January 4, 2021. DHS granted this extension to comply with court orders in the Ramos vs Nielsen and Bhattarai vs Nielsen federal court cases.
The TPS People’s Summit (La Cumbre TPSiana) in Washington, DC
A great gathering of immigrants and immigrant advocates organized by the National TPS Alliance took place in Washington, DC on February 10-13th. Countless TPS, DACA, and DED beneficiaries and their supporters lobbied members of Congress during these dates and urged them to pass a Clean Dream Act with a path to permanent residency. Over 300,000 migrants protected by these programs are at great risk of losing their work permits if the program ends, negatively impacting their families, economic self-efficiency and for many small businesses which generate employment. The major lobbying efforts were spearheaded by Alianza Americas and the National TPS Alliance. The Summit culminated with a march on Feb. 12th, where thousands of migrant activists took to the streets of Washington, DC and marched from the White House to the Trump Hotel, to the House of Congress and the Supreme Court in a demonstration of strength and demanded lawmakers act now. Representatives Ayana Pressley (D-Mass) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) were there to support the migrant march with impassioned speeches.
CARECEN SF would like to thank Alianza Americas for allowing us to use their “Save TPS” materials and toolkit.
Combined, there are more than 300 thousand TPS holders from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras and Nicaragua currently living in the U.S.. These are our classmates, co-workers and neighbors. They have been living and working in the United States legally for years and have put down roots. Many of them have U.S. citizen children, contribute to the U.S. labor market and economy, and send money to impoverished communities back in their countries of origin.
CARECEN SF urges Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries, faith based communities, labor unions, employers and all people of conscience to contact the White House, Congress, the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State and tell them that TPS for Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua is in our national interest. Ending TPS would be bad for business, bad for families, and a violation of our obligations to protect the vulnerable.
Here are simple steps we all can take to save TPS:
The first, urgent step is to press for an extension of TPS for an additional 18 months. Next, we must ask Congress to pass legislation that would allow TPS holders to adjust to permanent resident status.
How to contact:
- White House: (202) 456-1111
- DHS: (202) 282-8495
- US Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
Websites for finding congressional members: