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Tell Congress to Act for Protect TPS Recipients

January 5 marks the day that the Trump Administration was supposed to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 2,500 Nicaraguans who have legally lived in the US for decades, the start of a domino of cancellations that would topple decades of hard work and stability for 350,000 TPS holders throughout the course of this year. Over the next 12 months, TPS could end for people from six countries, including Nicaragua, Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras.

We need the 116th Congress to act now. Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your Member of Congress. Urge Congress to provide a long term solution to individuals who have been beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status. At a minimum, Congress should keep their work permits valid and in place, while a program to allow them to apply for legal permanent residency visas is adopted by the US Congress, recognizing their decades of lawful residency in the United States.

Dile al nuevo Congreso que actúe para proteger a los titulares de TPS

El 5 de enero era la fecha en que se suponía terminaría el Estado de Protección Temporal (TPS, por sus siglas en inglés) para las 2,500 personas nicaragüenses que han vivido con permiso en los Estados Unidos en las últimas dos décadas. Ese sería el comienzo de una cadena de cancelaciones para 350,000 recipientes de TPS de varias nacionalidades, entre ellas de El Salvador, Honduras y Haití, que se harían efectivas en este 2019. Por ahora, una orden de la corte federal ganada con tanto esfuerzo ha detenido algunas cancelaciones.

Por ello, necesitamos que el recién instalado Congreso No. 116 actúe. Toma acción y llama al Capitolio al (202) 224-3121 y pregunta por tu representante. Dile que es urgente que el Congreso apruebe una solución duradera para los beneficiarios de los programas de Protección Temporal (TPS). Como mínimo, se debe de mantener la vigencia de sus permisos de trabajo, mientras se aprueba una reforma que les permita solicitar residencia permanente legal en los Estados Unidos.

Sample script / Ejemplo de llamada

I am calling to ask you to take immediate action to protect our neighbors and friends who have lived and worked in the United States for years under TPS and DED. This must be a top priority for the 116th Congress to address immediately.  All those protected by TPS and DED have been fully vetted by the government. Giving them a pathway to adjust their status and apply for permanent residency makes economic and practical sense. Please act now.

Additional talking points / Otros puntos de discurso para la llamada

Over the past year, the administration has canceled Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) programs for 98% of the people holding those humanitarian protections.  

January 5 marked the expiration of TPS for Nicaraguans.  Currently, the program is protected by pending litigation, but that could change at any time.  If it does, hundreds of thousands of people with deep roots in this country — our families and our neighbors — will lose their ability to work and become subject to deportation and violence.  

TPS and DED holders have contributed billions of dollars to our tax base over the past two decades and will continue to do so if allowed to remain here. They are the parents of  275, 000 U.S. citizen children who live with the daily fear of losing their parents and their hopes for the future. TPS and DED holders are workers, entrepreneurs, small and large business owners. In addition to their hard work here, many provide the only source of income for their families in their countries of origin.  

All those protected by TPS and DED have been fully vetted by the government. Giving them a pathway to adjust their status and apply for permanent residency makes economic and practical sense.  Please act now.

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