Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Protest to Extend TPS.

AOC, Pressley Protest For TPS Protections

Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley join protest for permanent TPS protections. ThinkProgress:“Hundreds of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders and their allies braved cold, rainy weather to gather in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, to demand that the Trump administration take action on a path to citizenship for members of their community. Chanting “The people united will never be defeated” and “We are immigrants, not criminals,” demonstrators filled Lafayette Park, steps from the White House. Some spoke of their contributions to the country. ‘We don’t ask anything from anybody,’ Jose Palma, a 21-year resident of the United States and TPS holder from El Salvador, told the crowd in Spanish. ‘We are not criminals […]. I work in industrial construction. My hands build tall, important buildings. We just want permanent residency.’ Joining the demonstrators were two progressive members of the congressional freshman class, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). Both women represent diverse communities and have constituents that could lose the lives they’ve built for themselves over the last few decades if they lose their TPS protections and are forced to leave the country. ‘I will continue to fight so that the people who built this country will stay in this country,’ Ocasio-Cortez told the crowd, wearing a TPS Alliance beanie. ‘From Nepal to Honduras, the United States has made a promise that this country will be a safe haven.'”

No comments: