WHAT: Rally to denounce Rep. Dan Donovan for not acting to support legislative solution to keep people with Temporary Protected Status in the US
WHO: TPS recipients from Nepal, Honduras and other countries; members and representatives from unions, including 32BJ SEIU, 1199SEIU, NYSNA; from community and immigrant advocacy organizations, including Make the Road Action, New York State Immigrant Action Fund, Adhikaar, African Communities Together, Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees
WHEN: TODAY Wednesday October 17, 12 noon
WHERE: Outside office of Rep. Donovan, 7308 13th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228
Brooklyn, NY – A day after Rep. Dan Donovan defended his record in an electoral debate, scores of immigrants who have been living and working legally in the United States for years, even decades, will rally outside the office of Rep. Dan Donovan to call out how he has failed to act to support legislative solutions that would allow TPS holders to remain in the US, now that the program has been ended for most recipients.
Over the past year, Rep. Donovan, who represents Staten Island and part of Brooklyn, has stated his support of people with Temporary Protected Status at public events and in private meetings. However, he has not supported any legislative solution for the hundreds of thousands of people affected, who have raised their families, bought homes and started businesses in the US. There are currently three bipartisan bills in Congress to protect TPS holders. Again and again, Donovan has failed to take the opportunity to support and champion any of the bills.
The Trump administration cruelly ended TPS for hundreds of thousands of TPS holders from 10 countries and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians. A federal court decision issued two weeks ago offered a possible reprieve to TPS holders from Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua, but the White House is appealing the decision.
VISUALS: Signs with the names of the countries with TPS, “Save TPS” and “Keep our Families together”