SCOTUS TPS Decision Won’t Stop Us From Calling for Permanent Protections for Immigrant Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 7, 2021
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Fernanda Durand (443) 396-3317 fernanda@communicationsshop.us
Nancy Treviño (786) 201-8958 press@alianzaamericas.org 

 

 

CHICAGO –– Today, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided that immigrants who entered the country without being inspected by immigration agents and are now Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients, will not be eligible to apply for adjustment of status into permanent residency, from within the U.S. Below you will find a joint statement from Alianza Americas and Presente.org: 

 

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court does not mean that a person who is currently a TPS beneficiary will not be able to qualify for a permanent residency visa. It does mean that some of those who came to this country without inspection would not be able to get the benefit of adjustment of status in the U.S. To secure permanent residency visas, those individuals will have to finish their visa application process outside the US, which may trigger re-entry bars established by the immigration law passed in 1996. In no way does this decision take any merit away from all TPS holders, who are building lives in this country. Immigrant rights organizations from across the country are working tirelessly to guarantee permanent protections for migrant communities. We are disappointed by this decision. We will work harder to change US immigration law. We will also continue advocating for new designations of TPS for Central American nationals from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala,” said Oscar Chacon, executive director of Alianza Americas.

 

“We are committed to permanent status, full human rights, and inclusion of migrant communities across the United States. We are disappointed by SCOTUS’ decision to deny many TPS beneficiaries the right to secure permanent residency visas without having to leave the US. Immigrants, including TPS holders, contribute billions of dollars in taxes to our economy and are deserving of permanent status. Together with Alianza Americas we’ll keep calling for new designations of TPS for nationals from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala,” said Matt Nelson, executive director of Presente.org.   

 

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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. Build Power. Change Culture. ¡Stay Presente!

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