On Monday November 13, the Central American United Student Association (CAUSA) and Brown Immigrant Rights Coalition will hold a #SaveTPS phone bank to fight to extend TPS for Haitians. Phone scripts will also encourage congressmen to support the American Promise Act (House) and the SECURE Act (Senate), both of which would allow TPS holders to become legal permanent residents. A decision to extend or end TPS for Haitian immigrants is expected this week on Thanksgiving Day.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a provisional designation given to people who have migrated to the United States and cannot return to their homes because of environmental disasters, violence, and other unsafe conditions. Since 1990, the TPS program has granted about 320,000 migrants from ten countries protection from deportation and documentation to legally work in the United States, albeit on a temporary basis.
The administration’s actions thus far “suggest they are looking to end the program [which] will affect thousands of families in the Boston area, many of whom are on our own campus,” says CAUSA. The urgency to save TPS has accumulated as the administration has already ended the program for immigrants from Nicaragua, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
“Don’t let TPS end for all these communities without any attention.” -CAUSA
The end of TPS is unsurprising, but nonetheless devastating, given the administration’s explicit agenda to militarize the border and deport undocumented immigrants. Several immigrant rights activists have noted this explicit rhetoric only makes more plain the anti-immigrant and white supremacist attitudes that have fueled American politics for centuries.
“Everyone who has been ride or die for DACA and the DREAM Act, we expect you to also show up for TPS-holders,” says CAUSA. “These are not comprehensive clean immigration policies, but they have helped members of our community. We need to come together to protect all immigrants no matter where they come from or what they do. Spread awareness. Share the #SaveTPS hashtag. Call your representatives in Congress. Don’t let TPS end for all these communities without any attention.”
What you can do:
Attend the #SaveTPS phone bank today from 1:30-4pm in the Stephen Roberts Campus Center
Find your representative’s contact information and urge them to save TPS and support the American Promise Act
Find your senators’ contact information and urge them to save TPS and support the SECURE Act
TPS Protected Status: An Overview [Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition]
A Statistical and Demographic Profile of the US Temporary Protected Status Populations from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti [Center for Migration Studies]
Hondurans in US live in limbo amid TPS uncertainty [Al Jazeera]
Black immigrants call on Congress to extend Temporary Protected Status [ThinkProgress]
Editor’s note: Thank you to CAUSA and BIRC for their edits and contributions to this article.