How to Help Save Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
So, about that Statue of Liberty.
Today the Trump Administration announced an end to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 260,000 Salvadorans living in the United States, effective Sept. 9, 2019.
Congress created the TPS program in 1990 to protect immigrant and refugee nationals of countries hard hit by armed conflict, environmental disasters, or other threats to safety.
More than 325,000 people have life-saving TPS protections. Nearly as many families - some with nearly two decades in the United States, and with children who are American citizens - could be torn apart by the Trump Administration's announcements.
How to help defend communities protected by TPS
(Updated: Jan. 9)
If you have time for only one thing:
Call your members of Congress in both the Senate and the House (202.224.3121) to urge them to pass legislation to save TPS. House bill: American Promise Act (H.R. 4253, introduced by Rep. Nydia Velasquez). Senate bill: SECURE Act (S. 2144, introduced by Sen. Chris Van Hollen).
Other things you can do:
Connect with and support groups working to save TPS, including the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN DC, LA, SF), Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund, CASA de Maryland, and many other immigrant and refugee rights organizations here.
Call Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen (202.282.8000) to echo the bipartisan group of 100+ members of Congress who have called for an extension of TPS.
If you're a TPS holder, know your rights and find resources here.