This week, advocates launched a week of action for temporary protected status (TPS), the designation which protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants from being deported to countries afflicted by natural disasters, war, or other dangerous conditions. The deadlines to extend TPS for Hondurans, Nicaraguans, Haitians, and Salvadorans are approaching in the next few weeks and months, which means that Congress must take action soon in order to protect immigrants from these countries — some of whom have been in the US for decades — from facing deportation.
This week, dozens of families, TPS holders, and advocates gathered in Washington, DC for a number of events, including a benefit concert, organizing workshops, rally outside the Department of Homeland Security, interfaith vigil, launch of a hunger strike in front of the White House, and two days of lobbying members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Organizations such as the National TPS Alliance, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Reform Immigration for America, SEIU, and UNITE HERE! participated in the events and tweeted photos and videos of their progress. View just some of those photos below: