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Central American and Haitian Advocates Team Up for TPS Extension

Haiti isn’t the only country facing a potential termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the coming months— TPS-holders from Central American countries such as Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua are also at risk of losing their TPS designations. Central American and Haitians activists have banded together to advocate for TPS extension. They’ve scheduled meetings with the presidents of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala in hopes of gaining their support in the fight for TPS extension.

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Haitians, Central Americans unite to fight deportation orders

By Glenn Garvin, Miami Herald

June 7, 2017

Banding together for the first time, activists from Haiti and three Central American countries announced Wednesday they’ll meet next week with the presidents of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to try to enlist their aid in persuading the Trump administration to halt plans to ship several hundred thousand immigrants back to Central America.

The newly allied activists also invited immigrants with Temporary Protected Status, or TPS — a Department of Homeland Security designation that allows otherwise undocumented immigrants to live and work in the United States — to an open meeting Thursday night to help plan strategy against deportations.

“Together, we think we can achieve this,” said Francisco Portillo, head of the Francisco Morazan Honduran Organization. “Unity is the name of the game,” agreed Marleine Bastien, from the Haitian Women of Miami group.

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