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WASHINGTON, DC (November 11, 2022) — During a rally on November 11 in Washington, DC, over a hundred TPS recipients, families and allies called on President Biden and Congress to extend permanent solutions for beneficiaries of the humanitarian program Temporary Protection Status (TPS) from Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti and El Salvador, while also granting Guatemala an initial TPS designation.
“While the Biden administration recently took the welcome step of giving TPS recipients like me some breathing room by announcing that we will retain our TPS status until June 2024, we can’t go on living decision to decision like this,” said Yanira Arias, national campaigns manager at Alianza Americas and a TPS recipient. “People like me have lived in constant fear and uncertainty for long enough, we need a permanent solution now.”
“Beneficiaries of the TPS humanitarian program have been left in an immigration limbo, after many have lived in the U.S. for over two decades,” said Tessa Petit, co-executive director of FLIC. “These families urgently need a permanent solution, and it’s past time for the Biden administration to deliver. Additionally, we take this opportunity to uplift the demands for the administration to cease any considerations of using the Guantanamo Bay prison facilities to house Haitian asylum seekers for a second time in our history, as if the first time wasn’t bad enough. We must learn from our mistakes!”
This event is part of Alianza Americas’ Leadership Assembly 2022: #SomosComunidad, which is taking place in Washington, DC.
The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.
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.
The Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) is a statewide coalition of more than 65 member organizations and over 100 allies, founded in 1998 and formally incorporated in 2004 .We are led by our membership – grassroots and community organizations, farmworkers, youth, advocates, lawyers, unions and others.