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Elsa is working to keep families together

Elsa Valle, TPS activist in New Jersey


Watch the story of Elsa Valle, a New Jersey activist who is working to protect the rights of immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) across the U.S. TPS grants protection from deportation to people from certain countries that are afflicted by natural disasters, war, or other dangerous conditions. But since taking office, President Trump has ended TPS for more than 300,000 immigrants, who are now calling on Congress to protect this vital program. 

In 1998, Elsa and her husband made the difficult decision to leave their home in El Salvador for the U.S. in search of a better life. With the help of AFSC, both Elsa and her husband received TPS in 2001, which allowed them to work in the U.S. and support their family. Today, Elsa works with AFSC and the National TPS Alliance to save TPS and create a roadmap to citizenship for all immigrants.


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