Immigrant families with protections under threat hold hope in the new Democratic House

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 17:  Mother Mily Rivas (TOP CENTER L), a TPS recipient from El Salvador, stands with her daughters Suri and Ariely Murrilo, both U.S. citizens, at the launch of the 'TPS Journey for Justice Caravan' outside City Hall on August 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Mily faces deportation with the termination of the TPS program for Salvadorans. The caravan protests the Trump administration's termination of Temporary Protected Status- a federal program which protects 450,000 immigrants from certain countries from deportation. The caravan will travel from Los Angeles to Washington, DC with more than 50 current Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

César Salinas is nervous, however he’s holding hope that the new Democratic Home may help him, as a Short-term Protected Standing (TPS) recipient whose very future right here is presently underneath menace from the Trump administration. Whereas the courts have briefly blocked the administration’s termination of his protections, with out everlasting aid, Salinas is in limbo.

“We’re working actual laborious to foyer for laws that can assist us get authorized everlasting residency,” Salinas, a dad of three U.S. residents and constructing superintendent who has lived right here for 20 years, stated. “We have been visiting with legislators and we’re going again in February to D.C. to place extra stress on the lawmakers.” 

Like Salinas, Deferred Motion for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients are additionally seeing their protections preserved by the courts, however with the administration making an attempt to leap-frog decrease courts for a extra favorable ruling within the Supreme Court docket, they continue to be simply as weak. Many DACA recipients, whereas unable to vote, received out the vote within the midterm elections in hope of a brand new Congress keen to step up for them.

“I noticed I wanted to share my story with as many individuals as attainable,” stated DACA recipient Gabriela Cruz. “We shouldn’t be residing in a world of worry as a result of we’re undocumented.” In California, “Dreamers like Cruz phoned voters, walked precincts and protested exterior Republican lawmakers’ places of work,” the Los Angeles Instances reported. “Their efforts helped enhance turnout amongst Latinos on this 12 months’s midterm election.”

Home Democrats have pledged to introduce laws defending each teams of immigrants within the new Congress. “Our Home Democratic Majority will as soon as once more go the Dream Act to finish the uncertainty and worry inflicted on patriotic younger women and men throughout the nation,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated in a press release. “We are going to shield TPS recipients and people fleeing unimaginable violence.”


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