Statement from the Central American Resource Center – Los Angeles (CARECEN-LA) Regarding the Revocation of TPS for Haitians
November 20, 2017
Los Angeles, California – CARECEN-Los Angeles denounces the Administration’s decision to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Program for Haitians. We stand in solidarity with the entire Haitian and Haitian American community, including the nearly 60,000 TPS holders who have established homes, families, and careers in the U.S while under this long-term program. It is unconscionable that Haitian TPS beneficiaries are expected to collectively pay close to $30 million for a final 18-month renewal, and then leave their lives and, for many, their US citizen children by June 22, 2019.
All TPS holders are upset with the Department of Homeland Security’s inability to make decisions that takes into consideration the families of over 400,000 beneficiaries. Now, more than ever we need to push for legislation like Senator Van Hollen’s Secure Act that aims to fix one of the many immigration policy flaws so that future TPS holders do not fall at risk of their families being torn apart. We also need legislation like Representative Nydia Velazquez’s American Promise Act, that like the Secure Act, are inclusive of all 13 TPS holder countries and lead to permanent residency to TPS holders that are eligible.
Martha Arevalo, Executive Director of CARECEN Los Angeles: “ CARECEN-LA is in solidarity with our Haitian brothers and sisters. We must keep pushing for a permanent solution for all TPS beneficiaries’ families. We cannot, and will not, look the other way while thousands of families are being torn apart. We will continue to relentlessly support and advocate for our immigrant working families until they are treated with respect, dignity, and fairness.”
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