FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 24. 2021
Fernanda Durand (443) 396 3317 firstname.lastname@example.org
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The following is a joint statement from Alianza Americas and Presente.org in response to the Biden-Harris administration’s announcement to designate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nationals:
This weekend, the Biden-Harris administration announced their decision to grant TPS to Haitian nationals. Thanks to the leadership of many Black, Latinx, and migrant led organizations from across the country, the administration heard our demand loud and clear and made the right decision.
“We commend the Biden-Harris administration for their decision to provide a new TPS designation for Haitian nationals. This has been one of the demands that many Latin American and Caribbean immigrant communities made early on. The situation in Haiti has been deteriorating with human rights violations, poverty, and social unrest caused by the pandemic, further limiting the ability of Haitians to return safely to their country. Over 100,000 Haitians residing in the U.S. will now be able to live without the fear of being detained and deported back to the country they fled from,” said Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas.
“Presente.org and Alianza Americas are committed to permanent status, full human rights, and inclusion of migrant communities across the United States. We welcome the Biden-Harris administration’s decision to grant a new TPS designation for Haitian nationals and urge them to keep leading by issuing a new TPS designation to Central American nationals. The region has been ravaged by climate catastrophes, political instability, and the COVID-19 pandemic and we urge the administration to take swift action to protect immigrant families,” said Matt Nelson, executive director of Presente.org.
“This first step should ultimately lead to immigration policy that allows immigrants residing in the U.S. the opportunity to apply for permanent residency and citizenship. We also call on the administration to grant TPS for nationals from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, who are equally deserving of this protection,” 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.
Presente.org is the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group — and the nation’s premier Latinx digital organizing hub — advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture. Presente.org’s mission is to advance Latinx power and create winning campaigns that amplify Latinx voices; expand the political imagination and traditional boundaries; and foster inspiration for freedom, equity, and justice.