Elected officials and community leaders to gather for press conference and info forum on Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
On Thursday, Oct. 4, at 6 PM, a press conference and information forum will be held at St. Margaret’s Church in Morristown, to raise awareness on the cancellation of TPS and advocating for recently bipartisan federal legislation–The American Promise Act.
The press conference will be joined by the national TPS alliance caravan “Journey for Justice.”
This caravan is comprised of 30 individuals from all over the U.S. who are traveling together by bus, stopping in major cities.
Additionally, mayors of Dover and Morristown, members of Honduran and Salvadoran consulates, Clergy leader Osvaldo Jimenez of the First Baptist Church of Morristown, and representatives of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) will join.
TPS allows foreign nationals to legally remain in the United States while their countries recover from natural disaster or civil strife. Currently, 10 countries are granted TPS. The countries with the highest number of recipients are El Salvador (195,000), Honduras (44,000), and Haiti (50,000).
“From being the third municipality in the State to provide municipal IDs, to meeting with immigration nonprofits to discuss pertinent issues, and just last year passing a Welcoming City resolution — we defend and protect the rights of all our Dover residents,” stated James P. Dodd, mayor of Dover.
“Unfortunately, we have a President that cares more about his Twitter rants and building walls than the well-being of TPS holders and their families. Separating families is not what this country is about. Let’s work together to keep individuals with TPS legally here and with their loved ones.”
For Honduras, the most recent country affected by the current presidential administration’s immigration posture, it was Hurricane Mitch’s destruction that granted TPS classification.
Since then, the program has been renewed every 18 months for close to two decades. Unfortunately, Honduras has struggled to recover and continues to endure socio-economic hardship.
If TPS is canceled and Congress does not pass a legislative solution, most TPS holders would experience the kind of disruption and trauma that necessitated the status initially.