Stand up for TPS holders in Mass.!
The U.S. has a proud tradition of providing safe harbor to people fleeing dangerous conditions, and Temporary Protected Status is an important mechanism to do this. MIRA will fight to ensure the continuation of TPS as a moral and humanitarian imperative.
At the same time, we support legislation to enable TPS holders, especially if they have lived in the U.S. for many years, to apply for permanent residency. Thus, in the 116th Congress, we strongly support the Dream and Promise Act, which would protect both Dreamers and TPS and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders.
Legislation to the same effect was filed in the Senate as two separate bills: the DREAM Act and the SECURE Act – the latter of which covers TPS and DED holders.
The Dream and Promise Act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in June 2019, with support from all nine members of the Massachusetts delegation. However, all the bills are stalled in the Senate. We need to keep pressuring Senators to adopt permanent protections for TPS holders this year.