Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Holders, Elected Officials, and Advocates Rallied in Los Angeles for the Start of TPS Caravan
Last week Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, government officials, and immigration advocates began the nationwide “TPS Journey for Justice Caravan” tour. The bus will stop in more than 30 states to allow TPS holders to tell their stories and advocate to remain in the U.S. with their families together.
Over 300,000 TPS holders are parents to more than 273,000 U.S. citizen children who could be orphaned should their guardians be forcibly deported to countries with deteriorating conditions. Coverage of the “TPS Journey for Justice Caravan” can be found below.
Norma Ribeiro for NBC Los Angeles reported:
A caravan of TPS recipients has departed Los Angeles in what will be a monthslong trek around the country that will eventually end at the nation’s capital.
An estimated 420,000 people receive temporary protected status, and an estimated 275,000 are children of TPS recipients.
Many of the people taking part in the caravan will temporarily leave their families behind, but they say it’s worth it to protect their future and remain united in the long run.
Dakota Smith for the Los Angeles Times wrote:
Mayor Eric Garcetti, U.S. Rep Jimmy Gomez, Assembly members Wendy Carrillo and Miguel Santiago, City Councilman Curren Price and others helped kick off a 12-week national campaign intended to raise awareness for the Temporary Protected Status program, which allows some immigrants fleeing violence or disasters to stay in the U.S.
The “TPS Journey for Justice Caravan” will stop at dozens of cities over the coming weeks to highlight the plight of immigrants aided by the program.
Under the Temporary Protected Status program, immigrants from certain countries affected by civil war or natural disasters are allowed to enter the United States and live here until conditions in their homelands improve.
Participants in the Journey for Justice launch ceremony included Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Councilman Curren Price, Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, Assembly members Wendy Carillo and Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, and local labor leaders.
“‘As a mother of two U.S. citizen children, a homeowner and a TPS holder, I am joining the `TPS Journey for Justice’ because immigrant families cannot succumb to fear, regardless of the political circumstances we face,’ said Milagro Rivas, a member of the National TPS Alliance. ‘This journey is an attempt to lift our voices and challenge the cruel dehumanization and criminalization of immigrant families throughout the United States.’”