FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 10, 2021
Fernanda Durand (443) 396-3317 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Treviño (786) 201-8958 email@example.com
WASHINGTON – Alianza Americas and Presente.org welcome the announcement of the Biden administration’s auto extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal. Next, we urge the administration and Congress to pass permanent protections for TPS recipients.
“Today’s announcement of TPS auto extensions follows months of work to encourage both the Biden administration and Congress to both continue and advance the protections offered to the citizens of these countries that are facing varied challenges,“ said Mirtha Colon, President of Hondurans Against AIDS, Casa Yurumein, and ONECA, and Board Chair of Alianza Americas. “The temporary nature of current protections require swift action to ensure permanent status for the hundreds of thousands of TPS recipients awaiting an escape from the bittersweet purgatory of a temporary status. TPS has allowed many to build a life in the U.S. and they consider this nation their home. While we welcome this announcement, the Biden administration must also address the root causes of migration from Central American nations and other countries in need.”
“As TPS holders we welcome the auto extension and call on Congress to use the upcoming budget resolution opportunity that’s currently making its way through the House and Senate to create a legal permanent residency program for TPS holders, young immigrants, agricultural workers, and essential workers,” said Yanira Arias, National Campaign Manager of Alianza Americas and a TPS holder from El Salvador.
“This auto extension of TPS was much needed, in recognition of the ongoing urgency for U.S. support for countries facing war, violence, climate devastation, economic collapse, and other challenges” said Abel Nuñez, executive director of CARECEN of Washington DC and Board Vice President of Alianza Americas. “While this is a temporary solution that will protect thousands of vulnerable people, we must continue this momentum to ensure permanent status for TPS recipients across the country. With this automatic extension, it is clear that the need for protecting human rights is recognized by the U.S. government. Accordingly, the Biden administration must call on Congress to pass permanent protections for TPS recipients immediately.”
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.