A group of immigrants traveling the country to bring awareness to people living in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status made a stop in San Francisco Monday afternoon to hold a rally.
By Bay City News
The TPS Caravan for Justice, as the activists are called, are visiting more than 50 cities across the U.S. over a 12-week period to highlight the Trump Administration’s decision to end the program for some.
The program allows people from nations facing upheaval or natural disasters to live and work in the United States on a renewable temporary basis.
The administration is planning to end TPS for people from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Liberia, Syria, South Sudan and Nepal at various times in 2019, citing improved conditions in those nations.
TPS for people from Sudan is set to end in November, while the end of TPS for people from Nicaragua is set for early January.
“We’re here to fix a system that is broken,” San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi said at the rally outside of City Hall.
“It is about ensuring that all Americans understand how important TPS is. At a time when we should be expanding the program, the Trump Administration is eliminating it. At a time when we should be opening our borders to immigrants, the Trump Administration is doing everything it can to destroy the important sanctuary cities, like what we have here in San Francisco,” Adachi said. “We need to band together. We need to make sure that our message is heard loud and clear.”
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