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“Journey for Justice” TPS Caravan Comes to Florida

Photo: Peniel Ibe / AFSC

Community events highlight need to protect Temporary Protected Status holders

October 22, 2018 (Miami, FL) On October 23, the “Journey for Justice” caravan will arrive in Florida. The caravan includes over 50 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders who are part of a large and growing national movement to keep families together and advocate for legal permanent residency. TPS is a provision under which the government grants protection from deportation to people from certain countries afflicted by natural disasters, war, or other dangerous conditions, and has come under threat by the Trump Administration. A Journey for Justice welcome party will take place in Fort Lauderdale at Restaurant Las Carnitas, 3221 Davie Blvd, from 5pm to 9pm on Wednesday, October 24.

“TPS recipients are integral parts of our communities here in Florida,” said Paul-Andre Mondesir, a Haitian Community Advocate for the American Friends Service Committee’s Miami program. “The current administration’s threats to TPS are just another move to target immigrants and disregard human rights. That’s why TPS recipients and allies are traveling all across the country – to send a message that our families and communities belong together.”

The caravan started in Los Angeles in August. Caravan participants are participating in vigils, community assemblies, know-your-rights sessions, forums, roundtable discussions, concerts, demonstrations, leadership-development activities and meetings with political candidates and elected officials. The caravan is organized by the National TPS Alliance.

There are 44,800 TPS recipients living in Florida alone, many from Haiti, whose TPS status the Trump Administration opted not to renew in November of 2017. While in Florida, the Caravan will make stops in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Orlando. They will be meeting with elected officials, participating in a summit, and engaging with Florida communities. These events are organized by the American Friends Service Committee, New Generation 19, the Florida Immigrant Coalition, and Family Action Network Movement (FANM).

“TPS was the result of massive organizing and education effort by immigrants and allies across the country,” said Mondesir. “We are now calling on Congress to enact a permanent solution that creates a swift roadmap to Lawful Permanent Residency and citizenship for all TPS recipients and the millions of other immigrants in the U.S.”

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