This toolkit titled “Save TPS” has been developed by Alianza Americas and is a compilation of resources designed for the Temporary Protection Status (TPS) beneficiaries, their families, allies, faith communities, labor unions, employers, business owners, and community-based organizations interested in carrying out actions that may contribute to achieving an extension of 18 months for people protected under TPS relief from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
“Save TPS” offers a number of tools that you can use in advocacy efforts with Senators and members of Congress, they are key leaders with the power to identify, introduce, and approve changes to current laws to allow TPS beneficiaries to adjust their status to permanent residents. Similarly, elected officials can be encouraged to advise the Secretary of Homeland Security to grant a further extension of 18 months of protection to these countries. It is quite possible that some elected official and their staffers are unaware of what TPS is and the impacts of terminating the program. This is why a number of tools are designed to educate, alert, and encourage elected officials to use their power and leadership to save TPS and provide permanent relief to the more than 300,000 people currently receiving the benefits this program.
We are confident that in your locality there is the need to organize, mobilize, and give leadership spaces to TPS recipients; in this toolbox you will find resources that will help you work with the community and above all give them a voice and opportunities for action in the defense, protection, and support of TPS recipients and their families. Here you will find talking points, statistics on the impact of terminating TPS, guidance on how to create effective testimonies, sample letter to request a meeting with your elected officials, guidelines to prepare for a legislative visit, steps to protect yourself from scams by notaries and certain unscrupulous lawyers seeking to take advantage of the crisis, etc.
This toolbox also gives you the opportunity to take action through social networks, you will find example of messages that you can share on Twitter and Facebook, including several graphics you can publish and share with your networks.
Finally, if you need to contact one of our organizational members, you will find a directory with the necessary information. They are developing local campaigns to save TPS and advocating for permanent residence. Visit their offices, learn, participate, commit to action, and above all, do not isolate yourself; working collectively we can achieve keeping families together.
Alianza Americas is a network of immigrant organizations from Latin America and the Caribbean in the United States. Its forty-five organizational members represent more than 100,000 families in 16 states of the United States. It is the only national organization in the United States that has its roots in Latin American and Caribbean immigrant communities, working transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable way of life.
Resources for Advocacy and Community Engagement/ Recursos para la abogacía y la participación comunitaria – (Bilingual tools)
- Frequently Asked Questions About TPS SPANISH ENGLISH
- Countries Receiving Temporary Protection or Notified Recent Termination of TPS Designation SPANISH ENGLISH
- Impacts of Ending TPS SPANISH ENGLISH
- Temporary Protection for Vulnerable Migrants Saves Lives and Should be Continued- Alianza Americas ED statement SEE FULL STATEMENT
- Sample Meeting Request with Members of Congress and Senate ENGLISH
- Talking points SPANISH ENGLISH
Resources for Education and Organizing/ Recursos para educar y organizar (see English/Spanish)
- Respuestas a Preguntas Frecuentes de la Comunidad sobre lo que está Pasando con el TPS SPANISH
- ¡Salvemos al TPS y Aboguemos por la Residencia Permanente para los Beneficiarios del TPS Ahora! SPANISH
- ¿Cómo evitar ser víctima de estafas a manos de Notarios? SPANISH
- ¿Qué es un testimonio personal? SPANISH
- Consentimiento informado para dar autorización de utilizar su testimonio en apoyo a salvar el TPS SPANISH
- Puntos de discurso-Talking Points SPANISH ENGLISH
- Directorio-Directory SPANISH ENGLISH
- Cómo Prepararse y Pasos durante una Visita Legislativa/How to Prepare and steps for a legislative visit. SPANISH ENGLISH
Resources for e-Organizing via Social Media/ Recursos para organización en línea y redes sociales
Alianza & Members Taking Action
Clinica legal para personas amparadas bajo el Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS) organizada por Centro Presente y la Ciudad de Somerville.
La comunidad se está informando sobre sus derechos y opciones.
Conversando Sobre el Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS) en Agencia ALPHA
Estamos en vivo desde Radio Luz Boston con Agencia ALPHA en su programa radial ” Tu Punto de Partida” un espacio de dialogo sobre temas migratorios. El día de hoy conversando sobre el Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS)
The Chelsea Collaboartive is asking Chelsea City officials to make commitments to defend TPS and immigrant rights
Stakeholders forum on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) at Chelsea City Hall hosted by our member The Chelsea Collaborative. The City Manager Thomas G. Ambrosino and District Five City Councilor Judith Garcia, joined a group of local leaders, faith based communities, legal service providers, and a representative of the Massachusetts Attorney General; to discuss opportunities to work together in support of TPS recipients.
On July 19 The Chelsea Collaborative hosted a community forum on Temporary Protected Status ( TPS) and immigrant rights.
Centro Hispano Cuzcatlan organiza reunion informativa de TPS
Centro Hispano Cuzcatlan organizo una reunión informativa y para identificar acciones en apoyo a la comunidad beneficiaria de TPS residente en Queens, NY.
Durante el mes de Agosto la comunidad estara solicitando reuniones con sus miembros del Senado y de la Casa de Representantes, con el alcalde de la ciiudad de New York, e iniciara una jornada de llamadas originadas por familiares y aliados abogando por una extension del TPS.
Alianza Americas presented a workshop on Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
The training seeks to strengthen leadership skills for young activists from Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Florida, New Mexico, Texas, and Tennessee.
Casa Yurumein presented a dialogue on Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
Our members Casa Yurumein, the Central American Black Organization and Hondurans Against AIDS hosted a community dialogue on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the Bronx. The community identified actions for outreach, organizing and advocacy.
Alianza Americas and its members discuss the community’s concerns and pressing issues on the potential cancelation of TPS for Hondurans nationals
Alianza Americas and our members Central American Black Organization, Hondurans Against AIDS, Casa Yurumein and Wind of the Spirit met with the General Consulate of Honduras in New York, we discussed the community’s concerns and pressing issues on the potential cancelation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Hondurans nationals in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. Our members will continue to reach out to the the General Counselor Lic. Hector Monroy as part of our educational and civic participation actions in support of TPS recipients and their families.
Alianza Americas met with member Dominican Development Center to discuss opportunities to advocate for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
We met with our member Dominican Development Center to discuss opportunities to advocate for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). In addition we met with Jennifer Nova an amazing artist, she will lead and implement our SOMOS initiative in Jamaica Plain this coming Saturday August 19; through drumming, singing, dancing, and art projects families will envision communities without racism and xenophobia.