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March 10, 2021
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National coalition of Latin American immigrant-led organizations call on the Biden Administration to ensure protections to Central Americans and Haitians in the U.S.
CHICAGO – Alianza Americas applauds the Biden administration’s announcement granting Venezuelans living in the U.S. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and calls on the administration to extend protections to Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Haiti. Under section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the U.S. government can immediately protect thousands of Central American immigrants who are unable to return to their home countries due to devastation caused by recent consecutive hurricanes and tropical storms which aggravated dire conditions in each of those countries. Similarly, political instability and violence, climate devastation, aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, give rise to the need for TPS protections for Haitians. The following is a statement from Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas:
“TPS for Venezuela is a great first step. Alianza Americas urges the Biden Administration to grant TPS to persons from Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Haiti as part of their strategy to address root causes of migration. TPS stabilizes migration flows, increases revenue in the countries of origin, and provides stability to families living in the U.S. While changes in U.S. immigration law may not be forthcoming right away, the Biden administration can provide immediate relief using authority granted by law to the executive branch of government. We urge President Biden and his administration to use this authority,” added Chacón.
Alianza Americas is a network of migrant-led organizations working in the United States and transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for communities across North, Central and South America.