President Trump’s remarks about Haiti and other countries are hateful, ignorant and harmful to Haitians and to the United States. His policies that flow from this same hate and ignorance are even more harmful, especially the November 20 termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. TPS termination harms the 50,000 Haitians with TPS and their 27,000 U.S. born-children, but also the families, communities and workplaces where they contribute every day.Your elected representatives in Congress can reverse the TPS termination, and you can make them do it. There are several initiatives right now on Capitol Hill, such as including TPS holders in budget negotiations (that provoked the President’s outburst) and several introduced bills to protect TPS-holders and find permanent solutions.
Republicans in Congress have a special opportunity and obligation to stand up against racism, as the majority party. But Democrats need to step up too. On Tuesday, staffers from Senator Elizabeth Warren—a strong TPS supporter—visited IJDH to implore us to help generate more calls and letters to them and everyone else in Congress. They said they knew people cared about Haiti, but they were not hearing much on Haiti issues. If we call more, they will do more.
So fight back today! Call your Senators and Representatives (or the Congressional Switchboard: (202) 224-3121 and say where you live). When you reach your Senator or Representatives’ office, relay this simple message:
I am deeply concerned about President Trump’s remarks about Haiti and other countries. But I am more concerned about the termination of Temporary Protected Status that threatens 50,000 Haitians and their families. I urge you to stand up for my values by publicly repudiating the President’s statements, and supporting efforts in Congress to find a solution for TPS holders.
This will take just a few seconds out of your day, and it will make a difference. You will not be asked any follow up questions, you can call after work hours. NO EXCUSES!!!!
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