For Immediate Release
June 10, 2021
Erik Villalobos, email@example.com
TPS Migrant Families Lead National Day of Action to Demand Green Cards through Budget Reconciliation
Nationwide- Today, members of the National TPS Alliance hosted a national day of action with a series of events in several cities across the country to call for permanent protections to be included for TPS migrant families through budget reconciliation, via the upcoming infrastructure bill.
Vigils, rallies, press conferences and demonstrations were held in a number of cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Charlotte, Hartford, and Washington DC. These events came just days after the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Sanchez V. Mayorkas lawsuit, ruling that a grant for TPS does not count as a lawful admission into the United States.
Since the beginning of the year, the National TPS Alliance has been calling for permanent protections through any available legislative mechanism; whether by passing the American Dream & Promise Act (HR6), the elimination of the filibuster, or including legalization provisions through budget reconciliation. As congress continues to discuss the upcoming infrastructure bill; currently one of the most viable options to guarantee permanent residency, TPS families will be calling on President Biden and congressional leaders to make sure they are included.
The following statements are from members of the National TPS Alliance:
“We believe every avenue which can finally guarantee a permanent residency must be explored; whether it is through the American Dream & Promise Act (HR6), the elimination of the filibuster, and even including legalization provisions through budget reconciliation. Today, we call on President Biden, Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer, and other congressional leaders to ensure that permanent protections for migrant families are included in the next budget bill.”-Doris Landaverde, TPS Holder at event in Hartford, CT
“We are gathered here just days after the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Sanchez V. Mayorkas lawsuit, ruling that a grant for TPS does not count as a lawful admission into the United States. This news was a huge blow for the TPS community, closing one of the only available avenues for our families to adjust their status, but this will not deter our struggle for obtaining green cards for all TPS holders. Congress can counter this ruling by granting a permanent residency through any available legislative mechanism, including budget reconciliation.”-Concepcion Morales, TPS Holder at event in Washington DC
“Both Congress and the White House have now arrived at a general consensus that TPS holders, Dreamers and farm workers deserve permanent residency. This current moment can be accredited to the struggle of migrant communities, including TPS migrant families who spent years uplifting their demands across the country.”-Evelyn Hernandez, TPS Holder at event in Los Angeles, CA
“We need these leaders to make good on their promise to TPS families who have been in their adoptive country of the United States for decades; some of us for more than 20 years, have contributed an annual $4.6 billion in taxes, and have played a key role as frontline workers during this global pandemic, despite having survived the past four years of racist and anti-immigrant attempts to strip us of our TPS status. No More Excuses! We Demand a Permanent Residency NOW!”-Cristina Morales, TPS Holder, Plaintiff in Ramos v. Wolf at event in San Francisco, CA
The National TPS Alliance is a grassroots organization comprised of over 50 committees nationwide, advocating for the permanent residency of beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status from the countries of El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, Nicaragua, Nepal, Syria, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Yemen