Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Cll to Action: Save Temporary Protected Status

Save Temporary Protected Status! 

In September, Pope Francis invited us to join the "Share the Journey Campaign," encouraging Catholics around the world to hear, embrace and advocate for legislation that welcomes and protects migrants and refugees. In the United States, however, the Administration is threatening to roll back Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which protects people who have come to the United States because of life-threatening conditions in their home countries.
Haitian RefugeesTPS designations are awarded to countries that have an ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster, or extraordinary and temporary conditions that make it unsafe for citizens to return. For instance, when a devastating earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, TPS allowed Haitians to live and work legally in the United States. Now, the administration is considering ending TPS for Haitian citizens in January, even though the country still struggles to gain stability.

Ending TPS designation without considering if citizens of that country will be safe if they return home is contrary to Pope Francis' Share the Journey message. We encourage you to call on your Members of Congress to do everything in their power to ensure that TPS is extended for the ten countries which currently have TPS designation for at least 18 months, or until the country's condition improves. (Countries currently designated for TPS are El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen).

As Pope Francis said during the Share the Journey kick off, "Christ urges us to welcome our brothers and sisters with our arms truly open, ready for a sincere embrace, a loving and enveloping embrace." Let us continue to embrace our estimated 330,000 sisters and brothers living in the U.S. with TPS status.

Read the September 2017 interfaith letter urging the administration to extend TPS signed by IPJC.

Act Now: Save Temporary Protected Status!

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