Continuing the Fight on Behalf of TPS Holders

Mr. Pacheco recalls his first days as an immigrant living in Brighton Beach and later in Bensonhurst. (Photo by Carmen Molina Tamacas via Bklyner)

Like many immigrants these days, both documented and undocumented, Melvin Pacheco lives with the fear of being detained by ICE. The Salvadoran native is a temporary protected status (TPS) holder who is currently waiting for his renewed work permit to arrive after it was approved. A letter from the Department of State said in a letter that there is a delay in issuing the approved permits.

Pacheco is profiled in a story by Carmen Molina Tamacas who writes in Bklyner of the continuing fight for allowing TPS holders like Pacheco to stay.

The administration is being sued by several immigrant organizations, with the plaintiffs including seven New Yorkers and the Brooklyn-based newspaper Haïti Liberté. Last Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Edward M. Chen in San Francisco temporarily halted the Trump administration’s decision to end TPS for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. The federal government had also terminated TPS for Nepalese and Hondurans earlier this year.

“It is great news, there were many concerns about what’s going to happen. The judge, as a human being, spoke about the impact that the termination of the program is going to cause for many families,” Ketlie Kristin of Haitian Americans United for Change said.

Haitians living in NYC along with the activists from other community-based organizations, are excited but also thinking about what is next, she said. “For now, nobody has to go back, nobody has to be deported.” Haitians are all around NYC, with clusters in Flatbush, the Bronx, Manhattan, Harlem and Central Islip and Huntington, both in Long Island, Ms. Kristin said.

But with no current options for TPS holders to apply for a green card or citizenship and unless Congress acts on their behalf, the future remains grim. For more on the countries affected by the injunction and how ending the TPS program would impact New York’s economy, go to Bklyner.

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