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US Lawmakers Join Requests to Extend TPS To Central Americans

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The chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez, along with other legislators gathered outside the Capitol this Thursday to express his support for the extension of the Temporary Protection Status (TPS) for immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua Happened. and El Salvador.

The Cuban-born senator said the Biden administration has the power to use executive power to extend that benefit to other Central Americans beyond the original designations of 1999, caused by Hurricane Mitch, to Honduran and Nicaraguan, and 2001 In Salvador followed two earthquakes that destroyed most of that country’s infrastructure.

“It’s time for that beacon to shine and for us to give TPS to Salvador, Guatemalan, Honduran and Nicaraguan (…) this is so that those who came after the original TPS are included as well,” Senator Menendez said. Told.

Other legislators, among them Democratic Congressmen Adriano Espaillat, Ral Ruiz and Joaquín Castro, attended a rally together with the upper house’s Supreme Representative for Foreign Affairs with dozens of demonstrators called in the framework of the commemoration by the Casa de Maryland organization. of independence in the Central American countries.

Adriano Espaillat said that “no one wants to leave their country” and that they do so when circumstances are under pressure, such as the effects of climate change and insecurity, so “we want our presidents and the government of these countries, Expand TPS in Honduras. Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua”.

Because when there is a deep desire, everything is possible—according to the congressman—a request that included Texas Representative, Joaquin Castro, for whom by expanding the TPS, the North American nation could get a plus with regular workers… In the face of the need for labor in the US economy.

Fundación 15 de Septiembre activist Juan Flores told voice of America That petitions that his organization revolve around obtaining a TPS for his Honduran countrymen have run into a wall of lack of support in the Republican wing of Congress.

But they continue to appeal to local representatives to comply with a request for an extension of the TPS to Honduras that was processed at the end of 2021.

To this legislator, in whose Texas district he met months earlier A container with dozens of migrants the continued migration of Central Americans who died of suffocation – he said – reflects the state of violence perpetrated by gangs, drug cartels and corruption in those countries.

California Congressman Raul Ruiz, who chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said he has directly asked President Biden to expand TPS to Central American immigrants.

“We were speaking with President Biden in the Oval Office of the White House and we had the opportunity to talk about what policy issues are important to us as the Hispanic Caucus and we discussed the issues of TPS (…) Also discussed. Spoke with him. Secretary Alejandro Mayorcas (of DHS) on this matter and the importance of expanding the TPS,” Ruiz said.

For Gustavo Torres, executive chairman of the organization Casa de Maryland, the actions of organized communities in favor of this temporary advantage should keep the fight going and continue to push for more support.

Next week, representatives from the TPS National Alliance, which brings together committees of Central Americans scattered across the United States, were also in Washington DC to request a transition from temporary status to permanent residency and to extend benefits to their countrymen. Those who have legal deficiencies will perform. status. (https://worldnationnews.com/us-lawmakers-join-requests-to-extend-tps-to-central-americans/)

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