Take Action: November 2, 2017 Extend Temporary Protective Status designation to Haiti, Honduras, and El Salvador

Temporary Protective Status (TPS) is a humanitarian program that provides work and residence authorization to immigrants fleeing armed conflict or natural disasters. The Department of Homeland Security will decide next week whether or not to reauthorize the status of more than 325,000 people.

Ninety percent of TPS holders are from the countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti, which experienced deadly earthquakes and hurricanes. Many of these individuals have lived in the United States for decades, and the majority have US citizen children. All TPS holders are rigorously vetted, and a large majority contribute to the workforce.

The cost of deporting all these people – estimated to contribute more than 150 billion dollars annually to the US economy – would exceed 3 billion dollars.  The human cost is severe too, and heart-wrenching. This article gives some perspective.

The National Immigration Forum notes that the loss of work authorization is “expected to seriously impact several key industries in Texas and South Florida, further devastating local economies recovering from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.”

Call to Action:  Call your Senators and your US representative to urge DHS to extend Temporary Protective Status designation for El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti.

Possible Call Script:  Hello.  My name is  [NAME] and I am calling from [TOWN, ZIP CODE].  I am calling because I would like the Department of Homeland Security to extend Temporary Protective Status designation to Haiti, Honduras, and El Salvador. These people do not pose a threat to our country, but rather contribute significantly to our economy, and removing them would be a costly and wasteful expense.

 

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