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ICYMI: Mother’s Day Protests To Protect Immigrants With Temporary Protected Status

 

Los Angeles Times: “On eve of Mother’s Day, immigrant activists make a plea to keep families together”

Yemen TPS Decision Deadline: July 5, 2018

Somalia TPS Decision Deadline: July 19, 2018

This weekend, as families gathered nationwide to celebrate Mother’s Day, immigrants and activists rallied to keep families together, protesting the Trump administration’s cruel decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 300,000 legal immigrants.

These rallies fall as the administration faces two more upcoming TPS decision deadlines: Yemen and Somalia.

As Los Angeles Times’ Andrea Castillo reports:

Organized by the activist network Movimiento Cosecha, Estrada and a small group of mothers with temporary legal protections gathered at MacArthur Park on the eve of Mother’s Day to demand permanent protections and push back against the Trump administration’s hard-line view of illegal immigration….

Trump ended temporary protected status for citizens of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Honduras. The provision was designed to help citizens of countries experiencing armed conflict, environmental disaster or other conditions that prevent them from immediately returning safely.

Evelyn Hernandez, 44, has worked to maintain TPS as an organizer with the Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles. She came to the U.S. from El Salvador in 1992, toward the end of the country’s decade long civil war.

Her protection under the program ends in September 2019. But the mother of three sons said her fight is far from over.

“We are not going to give up,” she said.

Read Castillo’s piece here.