The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee urges you to contact Congress to protect immigrant rights.
Last Friday, the Trump administration announced plans to strip over 86,000 Honduran immigrants of their legal status to live and work in the United States. This action is only the latest of the government’s efforts to cancel or refuse to renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for vulnerable individuals. As a result, more than 400,000 people from 10 countries–El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen who have lived in the United States for decades are at risk of losing their livelihoods, being separated from their families, and deported to unsafe country conditions.
Legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate that would provide TPS and DED holders with the protections they need. In the Senate, the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and Emergency Act (SECURE Act) (S. 2144) and Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (S. 2275) together will provide a pathway to permanent resident status for TPS and DED holders. The American Promise Act (H.R. 4253), introduced in the House, will ensure similar protections. Ask your legislators to cosponsor this critically-needed legislation now.