Hundreds of thousands of El Salvadoran refugees face deportation, and the situation is urgent. By Monday, the Department of Homeland Security must decide whether to extend or end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador. The Trump administration, predictably, wants to send them all back to an unstable country and often dangerous situations.
TPS was created by Congress in 1990 and allows people whose countries have experienced natural disasters, armed conflicts or exceptional situations to remain temporarily in the United States. Conditions on the ground for these folks can be bleak, and ending TPS has the potential to split up families.
This administration has already ended TPS protections for Haitian and Nicaraguan refugees. But the House has introduced the ASPIRE Act and the ESPERER Act to allow every TPS recipient to apply for permanent residency. We need to ask our leaders to sign onto these bills, to defend El Salvadorans and to shore up TPS to protect thousands more.
ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW
Call Congresswoman Pelosi and say, “I’m [NAME] calling from [ZIP CODE], and I’d like to ask the Congresswoman to fight for legislation such as the ASPIRE Act and the ESPERER Act that that extends protection for people from all ten countries under TPS, and that provides permanent relief for these refugees. TPS affects hundreds of thousands of people, whose lives will be ripped apart without our protection.”
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Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, January 21
2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Public Library
451 Jersey Street