Members of Congress: Include TPS Recipients in Immigration Deal Debate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2022
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In a letter to congressional leadership, Alianza Americas, a multiracial coalition of 56 grassroots groups fighting for equitable policies in 18 states, urged Congress to provide permanent protections to beneficiaries of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) humanitarian program.

 

“It is an economic and moral imperative to act now to provide permanent protections to TPS holders, before the 117th Congress adjourns,” the letter states. 

 

The U.S. government currently provides TPS humanitarian protections to over 400,000 people, including over 393,000 people from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua; with an estimated 323,000 Venezuelan nationals eligible. The Biden administration recently took the welcome step of extending TPS protections for Salvadorans, Nicaraguans, and Hondurans until June 2024; and for Haitians until August 2024. However, with Members of Congress working to strike a possible immigration deal during the lame duck session, it is critical that any legislative breakthrough should include permanent protections for TPS recipients. 

 

“TPS recipients like me have lived in constant fear and uncertainty for long enough, we need a permanent solution now. None of the governments from countries designated with TPS have the capacity to welcome us if we are deported, said Yanira Arias, national campaigns manager for Alianza Americas and a TPS beneficiary.  “Congress’s lame duck session is presenting major opportunities to pass meaningful immigration reform. It’s time to seize the moment, and ensure a permanent solution is included for us long-time TPS holders.”

 

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Alianza Americas is the premier transnational advocacy network of Latin American migrant-led organizations working in the United States, across the Americas, and globally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for communities across North, Central and South America. In 2022, Alianza integrated with Presente.org, establishing a stronger digital organizing powerhouse.

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